This was the case in Palos de la Frontera in the Andalusian province of Huelva yesterday. The animal had escaped from a visiting circus because it appears that its keepers had forgotten to lock the enclosure… so Pipo the Hippo decided to have an evening out in town.
It wasn’t long before the Policía Local and the circus animal keepers turned up to pick up Pipo.
Although these herbivores are considered more dangerous than tigers, for example, and kill more people each year than top African predators, Pipo’s paseo passed without damage to property or anybody getting hurt.
(News: Palos de la Frontera, Huelva, Andalucia)