The world’s first domesticated wild animal has been caught eating its own legs.
Hippopotamus was born on a tiny island off the coast of Kenya, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper reported.
It was found in a bucket of water and put on a diet of dried fruit, coconut milk and coconut water.
The hippo is known to have an extremely short lifespan, with the average lifespan being just three years.
Hipopotamus lived in a series of small settlements known as hippos.
Its ancestors used to live in groups of six to eight, and the first one they all came together was the first hippo to live up to its potential.
“Hippos were a social species, and they had a long history of using a common food source, and I guess they could have been adapted to eat the same food,” said Prof David Wilson, who led the team that discovered the hippo.
Honey, a staple food for the hippos, was used to feed the animal.
Happily, the hippopotamus could now eat the fruit and water.
“We’ve discovered that it’s possible to produce honey and milk from its own skin,” Prof Wilson told the Telegraph.
“This shows that it could survive and thrive on a very low-nutrient diet.”
The hippos were the first animals to colonise the tropical island, where they evolved from small herbivores.
Hindi-speaking people, who live on the island’s western coast, have been using the hippodrome for thousands of years.