Well another powerful animal totem. And why the hippo? When I was stumped and couldn’t come up with a new animal totem to design for the Chubby Bubby Buddy line I remembered my trip to the Calgary Zoo in 2014.
We took our Brownie troop for an overnight stay at the African Savannah Building. There were meerkats, red river hogs, giraffes, snakes and 2 hippos named, Lobi and Sparky. Oh yes and one very loud peacock.
The girls learned about the animals that live in the African Savannah including two interesting facts about Hippos. The first are their teeth which, according to zoo staff, can bite a small boat in half. Needless to say we had a few girls who wanted to move their cots and sleeping bags away from the hippo pool where they came nose to nose with the mighty beast.
The second is the flinging of the poo which is designed to spread the poo over a wider area and thereby marking territory. There was even a warning sign in the “spray zone”. Of course there is nothing better than a good poo story to amuse a gaggle of 7 and 8 year old girls. Well we waited all night and early into the next morning but Lobi and Sparky opted for the comforts of the water and never headed up into the spray zone.
However, the whole event would have been missed had it not been for our resident stragglers and dawdlers. Huddled by the Savannah building exit, desperately needed a copy of coffee, a chorus of voices could heard from the distance – “The hippo is pooping!! the hippo is pooping!!” I never saw 30 girls and adults move so fast toward this type of animal activity. It was quite the sight.
And don’t forget the hippo, also known as the “water horse” reminds us to break out of our rut and focus our creativity energies in a new direction.
Till next time.
©Lyndell Classon and Classon Creations