Hippo goes on the run in Spain (video)

Escaped animal stopped traffic in the town of Palos de la Frontera

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hippo on the run in spain

Thought an escaped emu causing rush-hour chaos in Devon or a baby seal bringing the roads in Kent to a standstill were as weird as it gets? A huge hippo in Spain went on the run this week after escaping from the circus.

The large animal was filmed stopping traffic on a busy road in the town of Palos de la Frontera, near Huelva, in the southwest of the country on Wednesday night.

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According to The Local, it then stopped to eat some grass, where it was caught and taken back to the circus.



Police in the town said that the animal had escaped for "reasons unknown" and that it had caused no damage.

Click on Detroit reports that the hippopotamus escaped while being transferred from one pen to another.

Adult hippos weigh around 1,5000kg and can run up to 19 miles an hour. They are notoriously aggressive and are considered one of the most dangerous animals in the world.

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