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TRUE! Hippos wear a red fluid that is gel like called "blood sweat" that helps them avoid sunburn. This provides them with protection from the harsh African sun.

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FALSE! Hippos are not fat but they are big and heavy with short legs that make them look slow and inactive. In truth, despite their size they are very fast and can outrun human beings.

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TRUE! DNA tests show that the hippo is actually closely related to whales and dolphins.

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TRUE! Most people believe that George Washington had dentures made of wood he did not. Dr. John Greenwood—a New York dentist, made a set of dentures for George Washington carved out of hippopotamus bone, which helped George Washington smile, and speak up.

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FALSE! Hippo’s don’t swim in fact they can't even float! Hippo’s move through water by pushing off from the bottom of the river or by simply walking along the riverbed in a slow-motion gallop, lightly touching the bottom with their toes.

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TRUE! The real color of a mother Hippo’s milk is bright pink. Hippos are the only mammals that produce pink milk for their babies.

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