ITS a rare occasion to run into a happy hippo raised by humans, but Jessica has proven to be just that.
The water-loving creature has grown very fond of people since she was rescued amid intense flooding back in 2000.
However, her species is not known to be particularly friendly.
In fact, the hippopotamus is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
A popular Youtube news account, 4 Ever Green, has showcased Jessica the Hippo in a recent wild animal roundup.
“There are many accounts of hippos attacking, and even killing people. This is definitely not the case with Jessica the hippo,” the reporter explained.
After washing away from her mother, Shirley and her husband couldn’t help but scoop her up and make her their new pet.
The newborn hippopotamus still had her umbilical cord attached when she was found.
“She must have imprinted on to her new parents right away,” they added.
According to the narrator, Jessica has proven that some species adapt quite well under unusual circumstances.
“She is a loving hippo who enjoys interacting with humans and displays mind-boggling behaviors that should make us reconsider our approach towards wild animals.”
Now that Jessica is older, she is free to roam around the wilderness and enjoy some time sunbathing in the water.
However, she frequently comes back to her caregivers for visits.
“She enjoys rewboss tea with her beloved parents,” the reporter concluded.
Jessica is not the only unusual creature to be taken in by humans.
One family discovered what they believed was a lost puppy, but later turned out to be a rare and endangered wolf.
Another couple spent some time raising a sweet, abandoned kitten that wildlife experts eventually confirmed was actually a bobcat.
Big or small, wild or tame, all sorts of animals prove to share incredible connections with the people that care for them.