Are you allowed to have a favorite animal when you’re 40?
Mine would be the hippo. Did you know that hippos are closely related to whales? And that they turn pink when they’re too hot? And that the same secretion that turns them pink also functions as an antibiotic? Which explains why their cuts don’t get infected even though they essentially swim in poop.
Ogden Nash, of course, wrote a nice little ode to the river horse (with a theme that incidentally is echoed in John Lithgow’s book I’m a Manatee).
Behold the hippopotamus!
We laugh at how he looks to us,
And yet in moments dank and grim,
I wonder how we look to him.
Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus!
We really look all right to us,
As you no doubt delight the eye
Of other hippopotami.