National Geographic : 1924 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE SLAIN HIPPOPOTAMUS BEING DRAGGED TO SHORE BY 22 NATIVES A hippopotamus is generally inoffensive when undisturbed, but capable of surprising bursts of speed and ferocity when aroused. A quick and powerful swimmer, this animal will charge a canoe, overturn it, and crunch it in its powerful jaws. Here and there among the rushes of the Niger are hippopotamus pools, where the unwieldy "river horses" come singly or in herds to feed and bathe. Photographs © Cecil D. Priest A LUSCIOUS STRIP OF HIPPO HIDE The skin of the hippopotamus is very tough and sometimes two inches thick. The natives boil it for food, but a patient application of the fletcherizing process is always necessary. Hippopotamus teeth are highly prized as ornaments, being harder than ivory and less liable to turn yellow.