: Video shows runaway hippo roaming through Spanish beach town

11:04 May. 6, 2016

Video shows runaway hippo roaming through Spanish beach town

A hippo opens its mouth at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

The circus animal stopped traffic and alarmed the onlookers  

A freedom-loving hippo escaped a circus in the Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera in the southwest of the country. The animal was caught on camera strolling through the busy road and amusing some onlookers, according to The Local.

An amateur footage showed a shirtless man approaching the beast shouting "Hello! Hippo!" repeatedly in a bid to get its attention.

After nibbling some grass near the sidewalk, the hippo was safely returned to the zoo, causing no damage or injuries, according to the police.

 

In the wild, hippopotamuses - which can weigh over 1,500kg - are considered extremely dangerous animals.

The incident served to highlight the plight of animals in circuses in Spain where there is a campaign to prohibit them. More than 300 Spanish towns have already banned circuses which include animal performances.

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