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We witnessed an incident of a subadult hippo chasing droves of crocodiles off a dead adult hippo. The sex of the dead hippo is unknown. The subadult appeared to be nibbling / licking the carcass amid all the croc feeding action. Is this a case of cannibalism (I am aware that hippos do sometimes chase predators from their kills to nibble flesh)? Or is there another explanation? It has been proposed that this was an emotional response but I am reluctant to take this view. The subadult would surely not still be dependent on its mother had the adult been a cow and had it been a male, there should not have been any lasting bonds.
Re: Do hippos practise cannabilism?
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