Statuette of a Hippopotamus, Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, approximately 2,000 years old
This story is very old
how old? Who knows?
It's about those Hippos
who, at one time, with their large mouth and teeth
devoured all the fish they could eat.
Then a voice spoke from nowhere:
"Friends, from now on you'll eat greens
and go ashore to defecate
so we can see if they'll be fish bones
from any fish you ate.
We need to prevent you from depleting
all the fish you devour and may be eating".
That's how to this day
those colossal Hippos
only eat greens and hay.
Henri van Bentum