When a Hippo hollers!

When a hippo hollers, does anyone listen? I mean really pay attention to what it’s saying. All we hear is, “Rrrrrr! Rrrrr!” like a faulty chainsaw trying to start. Which, with our negative perspective, we immediately assume translates to, “Kill! Kill!”

But what if this massive barge of flesh is actually saying, “Hey friend, I have this here piece of canoe stuck in my gums, can you help a fellow mammal out?”

Happy Saturday, everyone! I live in a pretty rural area, with plenty of wildlife (hippos don’t like snow, so I’m marked ‘safe’ from them). I do, however, enjoy the company of many fur-bearing friends, so I’ve posted a few photos with some captions of what they most certainly are thinking. Enjoy!



“Frank! It’s the paparazzi again! I TOLD you to find a different lawn!”



“Everyone, freeze! Pray it doesn’t think we’re made of chocolate!”



“MOM! Come here QUICK! It’s a two legged walking stick! Ewwww! Bring a leaf and squish it pleeeaaasssee!” 



“You smell like ketchup, mustard, onions, lettuce, tomato, kaiser bun,  and . . . oh my gosh!”



“No dummy, we DO NOT eat noodles or know kung-fu!”

A final encore . . .


“We’re LOST AGAIN, aren’t we Tom? How many times do I have to tell you to ask for directions!”


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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

34 thoughts on “When a Hippo hollers!”

  1. Hi Mark, I was wondering where you live. In the neighbourhood of hippos? Oh, yes, then you explain how they don’t like snow.🙂 Very funny about the deer. We have many deer where I live and now I will always think about the paparazzi. I am smiling at your entire post. Thank you!

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  2. Great pictures, Mark:) Great captions! Made me laugh. Sorry I’ve been missing wordpress decided to unfollow you and I depend on my email notices. I have to pay more attention.

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  3. I love your photos and captions! They were a fun way to start my day. My only experience with hippos is seeing them a Florida nature preserve/zoo, with signs warning to stay out of range of “the splatter zone.” If you catch my drift.

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    1. I’ve only seen them in the zoo, or on t.v. I watched this show where they bit a canoe in half, hence the crack about the canoe. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great weekend, Robbie!

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