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December 26, 2013

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Castrate a Hippo

Even after finding the sneaky organs, the procedure wasn't simple.
The depth of the testes' hiding places varied by as much as 16 inches from one hippo to the next. Everything had to be done deep inside the animal's body, making it hard to see what was going on. "Grasping the testicle with forceps proved laborious" in most of the animals, the authors write. They also mention using a "two-handed technique" and"moderate traction." The whole hour-and-a-half procedure, based on a method for castrating horses, isdescribed in detail for anyone who wants to try it themselves. - - Inkfish

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 26, 2013 9:43 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Will the Botswana Humane Society not let you adopt one unless it's neutered?

Posted by: pfsm at December 26, 2013 11:33 AM

Don't try this at home kids. Hippos are nasty dangerous creatures. Every year in Africa the kill more men than all of the well known predators like lions and crocodiles.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 26, 2013 2:24 PM

I recommend you wear hearing protection during the procedure.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at December 27, 2013 3:56 AM

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