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Hippo Eats Dwarf
image I came across this peculiar news story about a hippo eating a dwarf. It's been floating around the internet for a while, though I'm not sure exactly how long. Google 'hippo eats dwarf' and you'll pull up a bunch of pages. There's even a band named Hippo Eats Dwarf. The article has been circulating as an image file of a scanned article (click the thumbnail), but here's the text of it:

A hippopotamus has swallowed a dwarf in a circus accident in northern Thailand. "A dwarf, nicknamed Od, died when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus, which was waiting to appear in the next act," the Pattaya Mail reported. "Vets on the scene said Hilda the Hippo had a gag reflex which automatically caused her to swallow." The vets said it was the first time the hefty vegetarian had ever eaten a circus performer. "Unfortunately, the 1000 plus spectators continued to applaud wildly until common sense dictated there had been a tragic mistake. Police said the trampoline has been sent for forensic analysis."

The one true detail in the story is that the Pattaya Mail did indeed report this. However, everything else seems far too outlandish to possibly be true. Though, who knows. Weird things can happen.
Categories: Animals, Death
Posted by Alex on Thu Feb 24, 2005
Comments (61)
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So, here's where it all began!
Posted by SoxSweepAgain  in  NYC  on  Fri Jul 07, 2006  at  03:19 PM
false false false!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by i dont know  on  Fri Sep 08, 2006  at  11:21 AM
wow i cant beileve that a hippo can really a dwarf its so not possiable i swear snake lol its just not impossible for it to happen well at least i think not
Posted by dj.reap  in  nyc  on  Tue Sep 12, 2006  at  11:19 AM
It doesn't seem impossible to me. Hippos have a HUGE mouth. They can open their mouth so much that a 4 feet tall child could fit inside their mouth. Now imagine a dwarf...

Their mouth is like a giant cave, it's truly colossal. A dwarf is so small that could easily fit inside their mouth and be swallowed by them.

Maybe hippos don't eat people, but I'm sure they would be able to eat a dwarf.
Posted by Bernardo Santos  in  Funchal  on  Fri Sep 29, 2006  at  09:27 AM
WOW!!! how crazy is that, thats amazing. Poor dwarf.
Posted by Edward Mann  in  scarbough  on  Sun Oct 15, 2006  at  02:42 PM
yeah yeah yeah,,,,
who would believe this shite?
luke is disgusted to learn the truth of the bullshit lol hahahahahahahaha
Posted by me,myself and i  in  nz  on  Mon Mar 19, 2007  at  07:32 AM
Holy Atlantic Ocean!!!!! That must of been my long lost cousin! He disappeared after taking his pet hippo on a walk. Well at least we know what happened to him now. Rest his small soul!! :(
Posted by Jacoibia Manaiea  in  Africa  on  Tue Apr 03, 2007  at  02:08 PM
'The vets said it was the first time the hefty vegetarian had ever eaten a circus performer.'

What a stupid thing to say.
I don't even have a response to that, rediculous comment.
I have to say, it's unfortunate both the hippo and dwarf died, but I did giggle. Does this make me a terrible person?
Posted by Kathryn  in  Preston, UK  on  Wed Apr 18, 2007  at  11:55 AM
Why are hippos even in circuses? I mean they don't have any circus talent at all!

But, you never know what people do these days. I mean it could happen, a hippo's mouth is pretty big!!! I highly doubt it but, you never really know!!
Posted by Cookie15  in  Hamilton, OH  on  Thu Apr 19, 2007  at  05:48 PM
Kathryn and Cookie 15,

There's a clue in the title of the website:

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/2523/P20/

"hoax"
Posted by percy_strange  in  England  on  Sat May 12, 2007  at  11:13 PM
people are dumb "how do you swallow a dwarf?!?!?!" stupid. hippos are huge. there mouths could EASY swallow a dwarf. even a normal sized human. and yes, you can jump sideways from trampolines, you just have to not be handicapped, stupids. it could totally be true, but probably is not
Posted by Alexei  in  canada  on  Mon May 21, 2007  at  09:14 PM
For nine and a half years I raised hippos for fun and profit (I found there is more money in alligators though and switched) and I can assure you that a full grown hippo of either sex can swallow a dwarf. Anything that eats 200 kilos of grass everyday, as a hippo does, has no problem with something weighing 35 kilos.
Posted by Gospacho Holsteen  in  Florida  on  Thu May 24, 2007  at  10:49 PM
You people are idiots...
Posted by Nathan  in  Austin, TX  on  Fri Jun 22, 2007  at  04:24 PM
this is funny lol my mate is only 4ft i think im going to buy me a hippo! cmon all u midgets i got a hippo and im not afraid to use her ive also got a trampoline to bounce off into a hippos mouth lol
Posted by gary  on  Thu Jul 12, 2007  at  06:25 AM
Nope Hippo can swallow a man whole, as they can dislocate their jaw.

But for the dwarf to fall directly into hippo mouth and have it swalloed is much harder as hippo would have to be prepared and the landing must be perfect.
Posted by zinny999  in  Sydney  on  Sun Oct 07, 2007  at  10:42 PM
I believe the stupid dwarf got gagged down, hippos kill more people in Africa than all the other animals COMBINED, even cheetahs, lions, and alligators.
Posted by Homer  in  Mars, Alabama  on  Tue Oct 16, 2007  at  10:25 PM
I am from Mars
Posted by Homer  in  Mars, Alabama  on  Tue Oct 16, 2007  at  10:26 PM
this is retarted!!
Me AND MY FRIENDS HAVE TO DO A PROJECT AND THIS DOES NOT HELP.
WE NEED MAN EATING HIPPOS.
NOT FAKE HIPPOS EATING DWARFS.
AR ETHEY EVEN REALL!!!
Posted by SALLY ANDERSON  in  idaho  on  Tue Dec 18, 2007  at  03:17 PM
Anyway, to prove this come along to thailand.
Posted by thailandprof  in  thailand  on  Sun Feb 10, 2008  at  08:38 AM
Watch out at discovery,
Posted by pattaya  in  thailand  on  Tue May 13, 2008  at  10:57 PM
several hears ago at the detroit zoo a kid threw a tennis ball onto the mouth of a hippo and the thing lodged in the hippos throat and it choked to death. so unless that dwarf was smaller in diamiter than a tennis ball the story is very funny but nothing more.
Posted by mark  in  detroit  on  Mon Jul 07, 2008  at  04:08 PM
Oh so true, this IS the museum of hoaxes.
Posted by Yes_man  in  America  on  Wed Mar 04, 2009  at  12:49 AM
How silly! Hippos are vegetarians.
Posted by Brian  on  Tue Jul 28, 2009  at  11:02 AM
AWWWWW...

OMG the poor little thing!..

I hope he goes to heaven!..

Such innocence!..

Awful way to die!..

He's happier in heaven..

Jumping all around there..

Praying for his sweet little soul!
Posted by Patty Ross  in  Jakarta  on  Thu Sep 10, 2009  at  11:57 AM
I knew a fat Thai bitch when I was in Nam that we called Chi Hippo she swallowed many a midget. Ofcourse she swallowed many a GI and a lot of seamen on leave
Posted by Trashy  in  Wilmington,DE  on  Wed Sep 30, 2009  at  08:14 PM
i believe it happend beacause i have swallowed a midget also and its real easy because they are so small!!
Posted by Dalton Shawn  in  Iowa  on  Fri Oct 02, 2009  at  01:24 PM
This story brightened our day and we are in an anti-dwarf league and we advocate the destrustion of ALL dwarfs. If this story was true, I really want to meet Hilda the Hippo
Posted by Emily Gries  in  NC  on  Tue Nov 24, 2009  at  08:49 AM
OMG that was probably the greatest thing and the most terrible thing that i've probably ever heard my whole family has laughed so hard about it, it was the greatest DAT DWARF GOT PWNED. LOL
Posted by matthew weems  on  Mon Jan 25, 2010  at  10:12 PM
Many of you are retards. Homer...Alligators in Africa? Grow a pair...
Posted by Rob  in  Norway  on  Mon Oct 04, 2010  at  07:42 AM
Now com on.. this is going too far. A dwarf going to heaven. You think there is a heaven..HEAVEN
for the love of Dawkins...
Posted by IBOS martin  in  Living hell next to metcall London  on  Sat Jul 02, 2011  at  04:49 AM
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