Why does a hippo look like it is sweating?

What kind of fluid does a hippopotamus have?

But the fluid is not sweat. Unlike sweat, which some mammals (including humans) secrete onto their skin, where it evaporates and therefore cools the body, this fluid functions as a skin moisturizer, water repellent and antibiotic.

What kind of skin does a hippo have?

When hippo is in the water, it protects the skin from being waterlogged. It looks like hippos preserve a natural sunscreen, often called ‘blood sweat’ for the reddish-brown color. The hippo version of sweat, which is red-orange, contains pigments that can block microbial growth and some ultraviolet light.

Why do hippos stand in the Sun all day?

Hippos can stand in the hot sun all day without getting a sunburn, and now researchers know why: a red-colored glandular secretion known as “hippo sweat” contains microscopic structures that scatter light, protecting the hefty mammals from burns.



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