04 October 2012

World Animal Day: Hippopotamus

Today is World Animal Day.  To celebrate my bento blogging friends and I invite you to take a hop through a virtual zoo. 

I have the Hippopotamus.

A few fun facts about Hippos:
  • The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo.
  • The hippopotamus is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after the White  rhinoceros and elephant).
  • Hippopotamuses spend a large amount of time in water such as rivers, lakes and swamps.
  • Resting in water helps keep hippopotamuses temperature down.
  • Hippopotamuses have short legs, a huge mouth and a body shaped like a barrel.
  • The closest relations of the hippopotamus are surprisingly cetaceans such as whales and dolphins.
  • Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human.
  • Hippos can be extremely aggressive, especially if they feel threatened &  they are regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
  • Hippos typically live for around 45 years.
  • Hippos eat mostly grass.                                           **fun facts from science kids**

Now hop on over to the next stop at Molly's Lunch Box and see the cat.


Read on if you would like to know more about this Hippo lunch.

Top Box:  Hippo made with apple and watermelon.  The eyes are raisins.  He is on a bed of lettuce with cucumber grass and the sun is represented by yellow bell pepper sticks.  Black olives tucked in the corners.

Bottoms Box:  Rice with blue food coloring as the water.  Hippo made with Italian bread with ham on top and blue corn tortilla head with ham cheeks, black olive eyes, and hominy teeth.

Hippo side cup:  Honeydew chunks. (see below)

What I used to make this bento.
Blue Tiffin Box.  Cost Plus World Market.  $$$
Hippo cup.  Dollar Tree. $
Small deco cutters.  Daiso Japan. $
Motrin syringe that is cut off.
Hippo template that I made.
Pairing knife.
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  1. Cute hippo. Love all the facts you included.

  2. I love your lunch. So cute! Also thanks for the hippo facts.

  3. Adorable and thanks for the fact about hippos!

  4. So cute :) Great job on the hippo and love the matching cup!

  5. such an adorable lunch!!! Using an apple for the hippo's back side - genius!

  6. I never knew so much about the Hippo! Such a cute lunch! What wonderful job!

  7. Hungry Hungry Hippos!!!! :) Love your lunch!

  8. This made me smile!! so cute!!

  9. Hungry hungry hippo!! Adorable!

  10. I love the hippos! Great Job!

  11. Oh my, your hippos are so very cute!!

  12. Love the Hippo facts! Very cute hippos. :)

  13. That top hippo is my favourite - super cute!!

  14. Gorgeous lunch, love the multiple hippos, and I want that hippo cup! Thanks for the hippo facts too, lots of added fun!

  15. Love the "pipamo" as my son call them, and the facts about it! :)


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