How did a hippopotamus became a national celebrity in South Africa in the 1920s?

Answer: The hippo, named Huberta, mysteriously wandered from Zululand to the Eastern Cape, a distance of over 1000 miles. The journey made her a household name, with crowds of hundreds regularly flocking to follow her on the trip. Only after her death in 1921 was it discovered that the hippo, until then known as “Hubert”, was, in a fact, a she.

Source: A Century of Sundays by Nadine Dreyer

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