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Hippo spanking at Zoo of Los Angeles prompted police investigation, report says

A bizarre video was posted last week it was revealed that an unknown man approach the two hippos at the L. A. Zoo, with the name Rosie and Mara

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A viral video that appears to indicate that a visitor in the Zoo of Los Angeles, hop a fence, sneak from behind and spank a hippo has prompted a police investigation, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The bizarre video was posted last week and left the unknown man, the approach of the two hippos, with the name Rosie and Mara. Rosie, 4, was the one who was beaten. The report said that the hippo had no visible injuries, but a meeting can be stressful.

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“We seriously feel that this is an isolated incident,” April Spurlock, a zoo spokeswoman, told the newspaper. “Most people know not to go with the animals. It is common sense.”

Hippos are dangerous animals. Last weekend, a tourist from Taiwan, was murdered in Kenya during an attack, and in another incident, a fisherman was mauled to death.

Hippos are the world’s deadliest large animal because of their aggressive nature and sharp teeth. The animals can weigh up to three tonnes and the death of about 500 people in Africa each year, the BBC reported.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb contributed to this report

Edmund Initiative is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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