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PARAGRAPH ONE Assessment Test
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The next animal is the hippopotamus, which is the third largest land animal and is smaller than only the elephant and the rhinoceros. It names come from two greek words which mean “river horse”. The long name of this animal is often shortened to the easier to handle term “hippo”. The hippo has a natural affinity for the water. It does not float on top of the water, instead, it can easily walk along the bottom of the water. The hippo commonly remains under water for three to five minutes and has been known to stay under for up to half an hour before coming up for air. In spite of its name, the hippo has relatively has little in common with the horse and has a number of interesting similarities in common with the whale. When a hippo comes up after a stay at the bottom of a lake or river, it releases air through a blowhole, just like a whale. In addition the hippo resembles the whale in that they both have thick layers of blubber for protection and they are almost completely hairless.