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Hippo Sweat

When I posted that I started a blog, I also took the opportunity to ask for writing prompts, since I’m not sure what I’ll wind up putting here. My friend Lyndsey suggested “hippo sweat.”

hippo sweatShort answer: Yes, hippos sweat.

More interesting answer: Hippos also produce BLOOD SWEAT, which sounds terrifying but is not.

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Blood sweat is neither blood nor sweat. It’s an oily secretion with a reddish hue that acts as natural sunscreen and antiseptic, keeping the hippos sunburn and infection-free. There’s a pretty gross picture of blood sweat after the jump. 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Lyndsey Coates March 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Clearly this was a learning experience for everyone. You’re welcome. Now what did you mean by “after the jump”? Do hippos jump? Now, it’s my turn to do some research now…

    • Reply kate March 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Ha Lyndz! If you view it from the homepage and not the direct blog post it makes you click through to see the bloody sweaty hippo. 🙂

  • Reply Jason New March 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I have learned so much today.

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