Jessica, the Pet Hippo.

Meet Jessica, a three-quarters of a ton pet hippo of retired game warden Tonie Joubert and his wife Shirley:

The hippo greets Tonie, in particular, with special grunts and flicking ears whenever she sees him and follows him like a dog wherever he goes.

There is no strict daily routine, but certain crucial things must not be missed - such as the 10 litres of sweet warm coffee, which Tonie bottle-feeds her with every day, or the dog pellets which she expects as treats.

Most nights, Jessica totters off back to the river for a mudbath. But on other occasions she'll wander into the house, wet and dripping slime and plonk herself on the couple's bed.

It is becoming a problem because - unlike the famous hippo in the Silentnight bed adverts - she has broken the Jouberts' bed three times.

Link - via Spluch

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I saw Jessica on Animal Planet rerun the other day. I wonder how Jessica is doing today. Is there a website where one can get an update? I would love to see how she's doing and find out if she has become a mom. I worry about her a lot, as she is not fenced, and Charlie got shot...worried she might blunder into the wrong place and get hurt..or worse. Please give me an update.
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I saw an hour long special last week on Jessica. They speak to her in Afrikkaner, don't they? Would like to see the special again, as I didn't get in on the beginning. Does anyone know when it will re-air? I think it was on the Animal Planed or NGC. She is quite a pet!
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I stayed there for a few weeks as it's my uncle. This hippo is the sweetest thing since honey. If you get a chance to see her...grab it...Once in a life time experience!
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