Live Like Fiona: Lessons From A Hippo

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Oh to be a hippo and swim all day! While most of us can’t take up a water-dwelling life, we can adopt some of the healthy habits of a hippo. In celebration of our favorite hippopotamus, Fiona The Hippo, we’re rounding up all the lessons these animals can teach us.  

Eat Your Greens

Hippos are mostly vegetarians and eat lots of grass. An adult hippo can eat up to 80 lbs. of grass a day! At night, during feeding time, they also scavenge for fruit. Like the hippo, you’ll benefit from a plant-based diet.

Remember To Breathe

Hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes under water. But for the most part, hippos tend to stay submerged while keeping their nostrils above water: this allows them to breathe and stay cool at the same time. Don’t get swept up in the current: remember to breathe!


It was once thought that hippos sweat blood. But the red substance they secrete is actually thought to be an all-in-one sunscreen, antibiotic, and skin moisturizer. Protect your biggest organ and get yourself a healthy skin routine.

Hang With Buddies

Hippos live in herds of about 10 to 20 hippos. Don’t go it alone! Surround yourself with friends and loved ones.

Be Loud (And Proud)

We don’t usually think of hippos as noisy animals, but their grunts and snorts have been recorded as high as 115 decibels: that’s about the same volume as standing a dozen feet from concert speakers. We all need moments of quiet, but don’t be afraid to use your voice! 

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