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Rare video shows what hippos really sound like and people are delightfully shocked

It sounds like something between a "whoopie cushion" and a "murder kazoo."

Hippos can even communicate underwater.

We’re all well aware of the sounds most common animals make, due in no small part to that classic Fisher Price “Farmer Says” toy (remember those?).

But more exotic animals…not so much. Their calls remain a mystery.

Like the hippo, for instance. Who the heck knows off the top of their head what those sound like?


Well, thanks to the Saint Louis Zoo, we can quell that curiosity.

In a video posted to the zoo’s TikTok account, we see three female Nile hippos—Mashavu, Kiboko and Tombi—make a noise that viewers feel is somewhere between a “whoopie cushion” and a “murder kazoo.”

Listen:

@stlzoo Ever heard a hippo? 🔊 The three female Nile hippos here at the Zoo make lots of different noises. They wheeze, honk, grunt and squeal to communicate with their group – known as a bloat – both above and below water! The sounds can be heard for more than a half a mile in the wild. #hippo #hippopotamus #animals #animal #animalsounds #zoo ♬ original sound - Saint Louis Zoo

Pretty accurate description, right? According to the video’s caption, hippos make a variety of noises. They can roar, grunt, squeal and even communicate underwater! According to the New York Times, hippos will also announce their presence using a “wheeze honk.” Talk about knowing how to make an entrance.

Hippos aren’t the only members of the animal kingdom to make strange sounds. Have you ever heard…

A chirping cheetah?

Cheetahs will typically issue this call during distress or to locate their young, but have been observed using it in all sorts of scenarios, per Earth.com.

How about a screaming armadillo?

The Cincinnati Zoo explains that hairy armadillos will scream when threatened. Relatable.

Or a laughing fox?

It is theorized that foxes only make these “hehe” sounds to get human attention. Mission: accomplished.

It never gets olds learning something new about the cool creatures that share this planet with us.

Guy walks through the quick escalation of deciding to get a cat

When you adopt a cat or more likely, a cat adopts you, something strange happens. You develop this tiny little voice that tells you things only cat owners understand. "You need another cat." Does this voice actually exist? Well, you can't rule anything out because cats have a funny way of worming into your heart and dictating things without ever actually speaking.

They tell you when its time for dinner, when you need to open the door and even when you forgot to scoop their litter boxes. Cats are stealthy little bosses that have highly underpaid human assistants. But for some reason people love cats and listen to the little voice that tells them that one just isn't enough.

One guy with the username Kylokilalayuumi documented his journey to four cats in an adorably cute 20 second video uploaded to TikTok that currently has more than 4 million views.


The video starts with a tiny stripped kitten looking out the car window as the man drives it home before immediately heading into the next clip of a back cat playing. To be completely fair, the tabby cat probably talked him into it using the most effective method available to kittens, excessive playing with the inability to control their claws. Having one kitten is usually just the bridge to adopting another to keep it occupied and from clawing its way to the top of your head.

"Ok, I'm just going to get one, alright, it's just one alright, how bad could one be? It's not that expensive, it's not...well, I have to get it a friend, right? I mean who's he going to talk to? He's going to get bored," The man says in the voice over. "And you know what if they get sick of each other, you know, they need a third guy and honestly, I have three. I might as well get the whole set."

Other cat lovers knew the cat system very well and commented on the video letting the man know.

“You can’t have an odd number of cats, it’s the law," one person said.

"It’s like chips, you can’t have just one," another wrote.

"Yeahhhh this is how I ended up with 7 cats in a 2 month span," someone else revealed.

Clearly, owning one cat makes you extremely susceptible to owning a glaring of them, which the name is fitting because if you've ever met a cat you know they have the glare down to a science.

Watch the quick escalation below:

@kylokilalayuumi

the story of how i ended up with 4 cats #fyp #fypシ #foryou #catsoftiktok #cutecat #cats #catvideos #kittensoftiktok #ragdollkitten #ragdoll #voidcat #scottishfold #scottishfoldcat #kitten

Pets

Kitten pushes sibling out of the way when potential adopter comes by

This is possibly the cutest sibling rivalry on the internet.

Kitten pushes sibling out of sight when potential adopter comes by.

Adopting an animal is almost always an adventure. Looking around a pet store or animal shelter, trying to see whose personality speaks to you the most, is one of the most serotonin-releasing things animal lovers can do. Catching kittens taking cat naps or watching chubby little puppies roll all over each other can make just about anyone smile.

One potential adopter was at an adoption site, not just for the happy feels but to pick out a new kitten, and she saw one with a lot of personality peeking out from the window in the door. This sweet kitty was looking right at the woman with its furry little paws on the door in order to boost itself to get a better look.

But when the woman started talking to the curious face looking back at her, another kitten appeared and wanted this stranger's attention, too. Except...the first kitten was not at all interested in sharing the nice lady's undivided attention. Nope. No, ma'am. No, sir. No how. It was not having it. Apparently, even kittens can experience sibling rivalry, except it's far cuter and much less annoying (at least to the owners).


As soon as the first kitten noticed the other kitten scooching in on the potential new owner, it behaved like a literal child and pushed its sibling down. Like full-on, paws-on-head, pushed the other cat down out of sight. That didn't stop the other kitten from resisting being shoved out of the way. Nope. It just popped back up, only to be batted down again.

The entire thing is amusing and oddly human-like for these kitten siblings. I wonder if she took them both? Take a look at the video shared on Reddit:

Joy

This dog is obviously tired of his mom’s antics and grabs a knife to get her attention

Something tells me this isn't the first time she's pulled a prank on him.

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Dog is tired of his mom's antics.

There are some people in your life that play entirely too much. Every time you turn around they're trying to play a prank on you or laughing about a prank they played on someone else. But for one woman, her attempt to prank her dog didn't go as planned because Fido was simply tired of her antics. At least, his response to her latest prank would have you believe that the canine has had enough because as his owner pretends to choke and falls to the floor, the dog picks up a knife after seemingly checking on her.


It's not clear from the video if the knife was simply conveniently placed due to someone using it recently or if this was a prank of a larger magnitude and someone handed the dog the knife. Either way, the dog was just not interested in playing whatever game his owner was attempting to play. After he grabs the knife with his mouth, the dog heads right for the woman laying on the floor. When that happens, she quickly sits up and has a miraculous recovery. At one point the knife touched the woman's back and she jumped.

All was well, of course, or this would be a very different story. The woman in the video laughed it off and turned off the camera. I think it's pretty safe to say that even the animals are no longer interested in whatever TikTok prank is trending. I wonder if he got a timeout or if she did? Hopefully, after the knife was safely put away, the dog was promptly given a lesson on knife safety and anger management. Watch the clip below.