At 27 years old, Paul Templer was swallowed by a hippo.
Templer documented the incident in an article written for The Guardian in May 2013. Templer writes:
I reached over to grab his outstretched hand but as our fingers were about to touch, I was engulfed in darkness…I seemed to be trapped in something slimy. There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs…My arms were trapped but I managed to free one hand and felt around – my palm passed through the wiry bristles of the hippo’s snout. It was only then that I realised I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth.
…I’ve no idea how long we stayed under – time passes very slowly when you’re in a hippo’s mouth.
After having a book about the experience published in 2012 (ironically titled What’s Left Of Me), he thought that his nightmare with the “rogue hippo”, as he calls it, was over.
Fast-forward to September of 2012. A mysterious Twitter user by the name of @the_rogue_hippo begins messaging Paul Templer.
The insensitive Hippo continued to harass Templer, posting this Tweet in October:
In February, the rogue hippo posted the following tweet about hippopatamus stew,
to which Templer responded:
Perhaps in an act of acceptance, Templer elected to Retweet the rogue hippo’s most recent Tweet on May 4th:
Alex Corey is a writer studying journalism at California State University-Northridge and an intern for Latino-Review.com He can be reached on Twitter @MrAlexCorey and on the Series of Tubes at Motionpictureplanet.wordpress.com