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Who would win a fight between a hippo and a polar bear?

Sat, 30th Sep 2006

Part of the shows Science Question and Answer - New Horizons Mission and The Best Naked Science

Question

Clementine in Cambridge asked:

Who would win a fight between a hippo and a polar bear?

Answer

I think that polar bears are a lot faster than hippos, so that element of nimbleness would give it a great advantage. Although I guess if they got close enough, a hippo is a really vicious animal. I think that more people are killed by hippos in Africa than they are by lions and tigers and actual carnivores.

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