Good question, melissaisme. The answer is yes, hippos run way faster than they swim! On land, they are capable of speeds in the range of 18 to even 30 miles an hour, but only for short distances. In water, on the other hand, they only move up to 5 miles an hour.
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Yes. Although they may not look it, hippos are extremely fast runners. They can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. However, they can only retain this speed for a few hundred meters. Adult hippos actually can’t swim at all, but propel themselves by leaping underwater. They can move at speeds up to about 5 miles per hour in this way.
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