Hippopotami and their habit. This is a very large and fine specimen, shot while in the eater and being dragged to shore by the Kavirondo natives, who are great man eaters. During the day the hippopotami usually stick to the swampy lake and river shores, overgrown with the papyrus plant. At night they travel long distances on land ins each of sweet potatoes, of which they are very fond. A hippopotamus is usually able to protect its young from the crocodiles, sometimes biting a crocodile in two, although the baby hippo is often lost to a combined attack of several of these reptiles.