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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.


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.  Continue Reading