Hungry hippo makes bid for freedom

Hungry hippo makes bid for freedom

A hippopotamus has escaped from a circus in the Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera yesterday.

Hippopotamuses, which weigh an average of 1,500kg, are considered dangerous, killing a number of people each year.

But this hippo was more interested in enjoying its sightseeing tour, with a stroll through the town, and a snack on some grass.

Video footage shows the huge beast wandering down a road while traffic goes by.

The hippo's not-so-hasty run for freedom was short-lived however. It was soon rounded up by circus staff and local police officers, and returned to the circus.