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CLIP 10548

Hippopotamuses fight to defend their territory

Hippopotamuses fight to defend their territory

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Key Info
  • Hippopotamuses fight to defend their territory
  • Duration: 01:11
  • Male and female hippopotamuses in the Nile are seen fighting violently to defend their territory and their young. Blood is clearly seen as their huge teeth cause wounds. The voiceover warns that these fights are sometimes to the death, although this does not happen here. This clip was first created on the Planet Earth website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Environment - Habitat

  • Keywords: hippopotamuses, hippopotami, hippopotamus, fight, territory, defend, protect, nile
Ideas for use in class
  • To show how male animals defend their territory from invaders and female animals defend their young. Students could be asked to explain how hippopotamuses are adapted to fight.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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