Hippos in Russia – level 2

18-01-2024 15:00

Hippos are highly aggressive, easily frightened, unpredictable, and one of the most dangerous animals in the world. People can also use them for fighting, but in Russia they do tricks at a circus show.

One circus has three hippos, and their handler says that the show is completely safe for people. Even when the hippos get very close to people, they do not seem afraid.

The hippos are fully trained and no one uses physical force on them to perform. They roll over, jump, and even play a real-life version of Hungry Hippos.

Difficult words: frightened (scared), unpredictable (when someone’s behaviour changes without warning), handler (a person who trains an animal).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What kind of training do the hippos undergo to perform in a circus and how are they able to remain calm and unafraid while interacting with humans?


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