Hippopotamus teapot produced by Fitz and Floyd of Medford, Oregon, in 1991. The hippopotamus is a large semiaquatic mammal native to sub-Saharan Africa. The hippopotamus is one of the largest land mammals. Hippos are recognizable for their barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths with large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, pillar-like legs, and large size. Hippos inhabit rivers, lakes, and mangrove swamps. Territorial bulls each preside over a stretch of water and a group of five to thirty cows and calves. During the day, hippos remain cool by staying in water or mud, emerging at dusk to graze on grasses. Dressed is her best spring outfit, this dancing hippo is celebrating the season. Her left arm and a flowing green ribbon form the handle of the teapot.
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