Saturday, May 07, 2016

Hippo ran away from circus for a brief taste of freedom

A circus hippo made a bid for freedom, stopping traffic and alarming onlookers as it strolled down a busy road in the town of Palos de la Frontera, near Huelva in southwestern Spain.

Footage caught by an onlooker on Wednesday night shoes a shirtless man approaching the animal shouting "Hello... Hippo" repeatedly in a bid to get its attention. The huge beast casually stopped to nibble at some grass on the verge before being rounded and taken back to the circus.

In the wild, hippopotamuses, which can weigh over 1,500kg, are considered extremely dangerous animals and are responsible for multiple deaths each year in their natural habitat in Africa. Local police confirmed that the animal had escaped due to "reasons unknown" but had quickly been rounded up thanks to circus staff, adding that the hippo had caused no damage.

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But the incident served to highlight the plight of animals in circuses in Spain where there is a campaign to ban them. Pacma, the Spanish animal rights party said: "Right now in Palos de la Frontera. The poor thing had escaped the circus. Legal abuse." More than 300 Spanish towns have already banned circuses which include animal performances.

1 comment:

Ratz said...

I'm glad to see there is a movement in Spain that wild animals are no longer permitted in circuses. It took long enough for it to come in here.