Hippos’ Constant Defecating Turns African Pools Into Communal Guts

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For more than 4,000 hippopotami, the Mara River in East Africa has become not only their home, but also their communal gut, leaving significant impacts on the hippos’ immediate ecosystems. Researchers’ findings through field observations, experiments, and sequencing methods reveal that after the hippos defecate and release their bacteria and other microbes into a shared pool environment, it makes the water “almost like a probiotic shake.” This could negatively affect other species living in the water, such as fish, due to high accumulations of hippo faeces. Read full article here

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