"Grandma, What Big Teeth You Have!"
The hippo has a ruminant-like, three-chambered stomach which is not as efficient in digesting food as the true ruminant's four-chambered stomach. The hippo's aquatic way of life however minimizes energy expenditure. They only need to consume 1-1.5% of their body weight per day. Their preferred habitat is water deep enough to submerge in, with grasslands nearby for food. Hippos feeding in high numbers can have a devastating impact on the vegetation and soils of these grasslands.
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