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“Great time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hippo Jessica

Hippo Jessica
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Hoedspruit
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Loved the experience! You won't be able to do anything like this in the world. Amazing how soft Jessica is and how we were able to interact with her. She is free to go out and roam with the wild hippos in the area (which she does), but always comes back. Very cool.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Quite a scary prospect to kiss Jessica.... but one we did anyway! interesting and fun experience near hoedspruit.

Visited May 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“enchanting but.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Just seeing a hippo face to face is an astounding experience. The fact that she has been reared by devoted humans since she was a few days old is remarkable and she certainly pleases her visitors with her tea drinking.

My only concern is that hippos are intrinsically dangerous - many deaths annually are due to hippo attacks. I fear that it is just a matter of time before she turns on the hand that feeds her - be it her owners or a tourist who are encouraged to kiss her. Perhaps when she becomes a mother, she'll revert to her wild, fiercely protective hippo mode of behaviour?

We enjoyed our visit - but I have reservations.....

Visited April 2013
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Touch a Hippo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Getting up close with a hippo was unreal! getting to feed her, bottle her and massage her back!

Never in my life have i been so close to such a dangerous wild animal

Visited March 2013
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Benoni, South Africa
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57 reviews
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“Bucket List Moment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

I learned more about Hippos in the 2 wonderful hours we spent there, than I thought possible. They even have a new baby, cute, chews your legs, but don't worry no teeth yet :-)

Visited February 2013
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