Stay away from Cape Town hippo, city warns

2012-08-25 07:11

Johannesburg - A hippopotamus living in Zeekoevlei should be left alone and not approached, the City of Cape Town said on Friday.

"The city would like to once again urge residents not to approach or hinder the movement of the young hippopotamus that is in the Zeekoevlei under any circumstances," it said in a statement.

It asked the public to not feed, chase, or throw things at the hippo, or try to shoot it.

"If you wound a hippo, you have created a highly dangerous situation. A wounded hippo may charge on sight and may very well injure or kill you or an innocent bystander."

People should refrain from taking pictures of the hippo with a camera flash, as this could agitate the animal.

"Please leave the management of the hippo to nature conservation officials," the city said.

The hippo is a two-year-old calf which moved out of Rondevlei into the Strandfontein birding area, and later into Zeekoevlei. There are several homes on the edge of the area.

The city said its nature conservation staff was watching the animal's movements.

  • john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-25 07:36

    Eish..hold the "Mvubu" ....What is his/her name?

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-25 07:39

    Great for once there is a Zeekoei back in the Zeekoei vlei! No as al my Ma se kinners net die ding kan los lat hy loep wa hy wil sal dit great wies en al die tree huggers op News 24 nou nie die Zeekoei vlei vol sandsakke gan gooi as hy halk wil uitklim nie sal dit ok great wies.

  • 777productions - 2012-08-25 08:05

    If I had a big enough garden and a pool, that hippo is welcome to stay at me ! (the safest place to be with me) just glad it's not that insurance hippo on tv...

  • jeanpierre.vandervyver - 2012-08-25 09:05

    Hippo walking towards Capetown City untill a Officer with blue lights came around. Officer: Excuse me sir, you are not to tresspass the Territory. Hippo: why is that Sir? I bought a Visa to meet the Dolphins at the beach. Officer: ummm, uhhh, hmmmm, may i see the visa if you may? Hippo: ofcourse, its craved on my butt cheeks, "To whom it may concern, if you read this, you'll be eaten by this hungry sexy chubby hippo" lol

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-25 09:06

    Just a matter of time before someone decides to murder it or it's deemed "a danger to society" and sold or culled.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-08-25 21:00

    Simple warning, do not even try strike up a conversation with this Hippo, do not wave and say hi, do not even look at it funny. You see this Hippo you just walk on by, this particular Hippo has a vendetta against you, just you. He doesnt like yu very much. He believes that you are inferior and will ram you! Please people just leave the seekoei in the Zeekoei vlei!

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