Hippos are huge, fascinating, sometimes scary and dangerous animals. Our parents just sent us a link to an interesting hippo video that started me remembering... So I thought I'd post some photos from a boat trip we took just over a year ago to see the Niamey "locals" - a pod of hippos that are generally found in the vicinity. Thanks to our colleagues, Bob & Lois Gillespie for graciously sharing these photos with us ... as you can see, Tim & I had our hands full ... without a camera and Elsie hadn't yet made her official debut!
SILHOUETTED BOATMAN AS WE SEARCH FOR HIPPOS
FRIENDS OF OURS WHO JOINED US ON OUR EXPEDITION
WE ARE LOOKING OFF TO OUR RIGHT, LOOKING AT THE POD OF HIPPOS
JUST RECENTLY SPOTTED!
AND A LITTLE CLOSER
THESE CREATURES HAVE BIG MOUTHS
REALLY, REALLY BIG MOUTHS WITH BIG "TEETH"
OOOOH- WE DIDN'T REALIZE THE WATER WAS THAT SHALLOW
HUGE AND IMPOSING ANIMALS
I THINK THEY ARE WISHING US A "BON VOYAGE..."
...OR GOOD RIDDANCE?
ARRIVAL BACK AT SHORE, SAFE AND SOUND
ENJOYING THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSET -
EVEN THOUGH IT WAS TERRIBLY HOT
AND WE'D BEEN IN THE BOATS FOR OVER 2 HOURS.
And here's that fun video that promted all this "recollecting..."
Check it out - it is a riot!