Gilles Nicolet

Africa and her friends, Cameroon

Africa the Hippo had been found abandoned on a small island by a local boy named Souiabou, who’d taken upon himself to come and feed her every day. From then on she grew up thinking that Souaibou was her mother and became habituated to humans. The local kids in particular loved to take a ride across the river on her back. This was an exceedingly rare occurrence – something perhaps even unheard of before – because wild hippos are one of the most dangerous animals of Africa and by far the ones that kill the most humans.

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