Hippo Nearly Escaped During Calgary Floods

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Staff members at the Calgary Zoo stopped a hippopotamus from escaping into the Bow River when it flooded the part of the zoo that holds the hippos.

Calgary has experienced its worst flooding in the past few days and its impact has been felt by everyone, not just humans.

Staff members at the Calgary Zoo rescued a hippopotamus from escaping into the Bow River when it flooded the part of the zoo that holds the hippos.

The water in the hippo area got high enough for the hippos to escape by swimming out, but staff members risked their lives to keep them contained.

Hippos can be potentially dangerous, as they are the third largest land animal, and can weigh up to three tons.
One hippo actually got out of its contained area and was in other parts of the African Savanna building before workers could block it inside using cinder blocks and construction materials.

The giraffes at the Calgary Zoo were reportedly “up to their bellies in water and have not been coping well with the cold and stress.”

City officials estimate the damage from flooding could be in billions and it could take over 10 years to recover.

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