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Wandering hippo returns after ten-day romp 落跑河馬遊蕩十天後自動返家


A two-tonne hippo named Nikica who escaped her pen during floods in Montenegro has returned home to a private zoo after tasting 10 days of freedom, the zoo owner said.

“Nikica returned to her home last night and she is now resting in her pen,” Dragan Pejovic, the owner of the zoo in Plavnica told AFP.

Nikica escaped from her enclosure when it was flooded during heavy rains in Montenegro two weeks ago. She trotted off to nearby homes putting the wind up some villagers but the zoo’s owner said she was extremely tame.

After returning home, the two-tonne beast came out of her pen and patiently posed for a throng of photographers.

“She has tried to get back to her pen in the past days, but she could not as everything was still flooded so she was wandering around neighboring farms,” Pejovic said.

During her escape Nikica often came back to sleep near a pool at the zoo complex while zookeepers fed her and covered her with hay to protect her from cold.

The 11-year-old animal has been living in the zoo for nine years and became a mascot of the nearby tourist complex in Plavnica.

Hippos are natives to Africa and considered the third-largest land animals.

They can be extremely dangerous due to their body mass and mature individuals can weigh more than three tonnes.













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