By ColleenA
Good morning .....
One for Shadow SaturdayGrin

*******PLEASE NOTE:******* I have only uploaded ONE of my images today....V2 was captured by our Game ranger Gareth Long this week at the Game farm...just wanted to share the cuteness of the new baby elephant with all of you.

The hippopotamus amphibius has a skin type extremely vulnerable to dehydration. The epidermis (upper layer of skin) is up to 7X more sensitive to dehydration than that of other mammals and it is for this reason that they need to stay submerged during the hotter months of the year. An adult hippo can remain fully submerged for as long as 6 minutes while a young one can only do 40 seconds under water.
In times of severe drought where the water pools are severely reduced the female hippos have been known to drool saliva over their calves to protect them from dehydration.

Apologies if I only clicked on your image yesterday or missed it entirely.My Mom has been very ill for 3 days with chronic bronchitis, it even spoilt her birthday on Thursday. yesterday I had to rush her to hospital where they finally admitted her at 3pm. I have had to cancel my flight home today as well.

Enjoy your day....Grin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
19 Oct 2013 5:44AM
Morning Colleen ! So sorry about the problems with your mom - trust she will be OK ! I love this hippo image - great reflection and shadow Smile It looks a bit darker than the Hippo I am used to in Natal Smile

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
19 Oct 2013 6:00AM
Both are outstanding captures to me v2 looks slightly better.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 6:02AM
Bad news about your mother's illness. I do hope she recovers well.

That is one big reflection in V1, a lovely shot. V2 is cute as buttons!
I hope you Mom is OK Colleen.

I wonder if the hippo is prone to sunburn...all that pink skin. It looks like he (or she) was looking right at you, even through a long telephoto.

ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Oct 2013 6:08AM
Yes Peter, the hippo was very wary of us...thankfully we had a great expanse of water between us
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Oct 2013 6:09AM
I adore hippos, Colleen, what a super capture SmileSmileSmile Sorry to hear about your mum, I do hope she will soon be out of hospital. Carol
19 Oct 2013 6:34AM
wonderful shots hope mum is soon on the mend
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
19 Oct 2013 6:39AM
Thanx for alerting me about V2 Colleen Smile Cuteness personified !!!!
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 6:55AM
Lovely hippo image. Hope your mum is better soon. GrinGrin Peter.
19 Oct 2013 7:13AM
Beautiful Hippo Colleen, definitely weary of you! Hope mum is soon better. GrinGrin

19 Oct 2013 7:28AM
I love this one Colleen. Best wishes for the speedy recovery of your mother. I love the image of the hippo with the tiny bird to show the size. The baby elephant is really cute.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 7:47AM
Two fab images Colleen - the reflection is brilliant - and the baby elephant definitely has the 'aaaah' factor! Hope your Mum gets better soon and you can enjoy some quality time together. Smile

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 8:02AM
Lovely set V2 for me Smile

ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Oct 2013 8:13AM
Please note V2 is not captured by me. Our Ranger took the photo. I just wanted to share it with all of you because of its cuteness. So I have only uploaded ONE image today.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 8:19AM
A beautiful image Colleen and interesting information too. Sorry to hear about your Mum; hope she improves soon.

Ray12 Plus
5 137 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 8:46AM
Two fantastic images, looks like the Hippo has pink socks on. Say hello to your mum from all at ePz... even if we don't know her we still want her to get well Grin
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
19 Oct 2013 8:49AM
Sorry about your mum.... hope she recovers SmileSmile Lovely image

mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
19 Oct 2013 8:52AM
Lovely images Colleen, like the little bird catching a quick drink.

Have uploaded a few more images of the mesh gardeners, thought they were worth showing.
9 10 10 England
19 Oct 2013 9:04AM
Your Mum is much more important than our pics Colleen - do hope that she gets well soon.
Two lovelt images today.Smile
Suzicoo 6 481 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 9:06AM
You certainly see that the hippo was aware of you, hope your mum progresses well
Thanks for sharing the baby elephant
19 Oct 2013 9:16AM
Beautiful images Colleen!
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
19 Oct 2013 9:32AM
Love the Hippo, but V2 is my very best favourite.
What a lovely little darling, he/she is so cute.
So pleased to be your 30th too…...WinkWinkWinkWink
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Oct 2013 10:04AM
That's a very interesting intro re. the hippo's skin, and an excellent shot with the reflection.
V 2 is special and I bet you wish you had taken it yourself.
Hope Mum's problem resolves soon.......she 's in the best place at least.
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
19 Oct 2013 10:06AM
This is a cracking image, of sharpness and clarity.
Hope all is well with your mum. Parents are special and I wish her a speedy recovery.
Kindest Regards, always. Burnsie
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 10:16AM
Two great images, .love the shot by Gareth....

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 11:06AM
A super image of your hippo, and V2 is gorgeous.

(Best wishes to your Mum and hope she is better really soon)

good one's i was going to comment on the reflections but i rightly decided not to.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 12:17PM
Sorry to hear about your mom - hope she'll be OK.
Before I read your narrative I noticed the unwrinkled skin.
Interesting facts.
V2 a lovely image by the Ranger - the baby is cute.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
19 Oct 2013 1:14PM
Good shots Colleen.
And best wishes to your Mom !!
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 1:17PM
A great captures Colleen, V2 awwww, hope you mum is betterSmile

Ayoob 7 Australia
19 Oct 2013 2:37PM
Great set ,like both shots ,Colleen ........GrinGrinGrin
19 Oct 2013 3:21PM
Colleen, Lovely image of the hippo and thanks for sharing the elephant shot as well. I do hope your Mum gets well Smile
Brian J.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 Oct 2013 3:40PM
Super capture of this hippo, Colleen, even though he looks to be giving you the evil eye! Wink
Hope your mum soon recovers, it's not at all pleasant isn't bronchitis, having gone through it myself Sad
Trev Smile
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 3:42PM
Love your Hippo shot Colleen, hope all will be better for Mum soon.
19 Oct 2013 4:12PM
Who is heavier ?
19 Oct 2013 4:16PM
Both are outstanding captures, v1 for the reflections, v2 for the detail and tight crop.
Hope all is well with your Mum
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Oct 2013 4:24PM
Prabhas the average weight of an adult hippo is about 1500 adult elephant 5500 kgs
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 6:14PM
Two smashing images. Love the eye contact in v1. V2 is an image to be envious of.Smile

19 Oct 2013 6:40PM
The bird next to the hippo is the bonus, Colleen. Excellent capture, and all the best to your mother.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 6:51PM
Hi Colleen, sorry to hear about your Mom, i hope she gets better soon. Two cracking pictures, the Hippo i never realized that they could dehydrate like that. And i love the Elephant shot very cute young one
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
19 Oct 2013 7:33PM
Typical Hippo, love the info too !! All the best to your mum Collette.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
19 Oct 2013 9:01PM
Oh dear...all the very best to your poor mum, Colleen Sad

Beautiful capture of the hippo (and his shadow!) and the wee thirsty bird in V1. And what an ultracute baby elephant in V2.

19 Oct 2013 9:13PM
Great captures Colleen.

Very best wishes to your mum, hope she is well very soon.

Jenny Smile
19 Oct 2013 9:45PM
Love the hippo Colleen and the baby elephant is gorgeous. Wishing your mum a real speedy recovery. So worrying for you but she is in the best place. Take care. Cathy
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 10:59PM
Mirror, Mirror on the ground, stretch my figure so I am no longer round Grin Of course the baby elephant is grabbing the cute factor.

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2013 12:23AM
What an elegant fellow! Love the pink leg and the reflections... IB
6 3 8 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2013 11:52PM
A beautiful Hippo image but v2 is fantastic (even though it isn't yoursTongue)
On a more serious note I hope your Mum is ok and my thoughts are with you and your familySmile
Potra 5 Venezuela
5 Nov 2013 12:07AM
Great images, I just love it when you explain things!
10 Nov 2013 4:03PM
Well captured with the reflection!
Grt, Ingrid.

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