A video posted on YouTube three days ago claims to show a hippopotamus swimming in the Chicago River.
Why do we question the veracity of the video?
First, this section of the Chicago River is very well traveled by a wide variety of watercraft, including many sightseeing boats filled with tourists. As the very busy summer tourism season wraps up, there has not been one report of a â€hippoâ€ in the river.
Speaking with Officer Jose Estrada of the Chicago Police Department, we were told, â€œThere have been no reports of wild animals roaming the streets or the rivers of Chicago.â€
Additionally, the video from September 15 is the only one posted by YouTube user â€œChris O.â€ TheBlaze attempts to contact the person who posted the clip have not gotten a response.
Could a hippopotamus live in this river? TheBlaze called Chicagoâ€™s Brookfield Zoo to ask if this was possible. A zoo representative told us that it was highly unlikely that a hippo could survive in the Chicago River, â€œespecially considering the harsh winters we experience.â€
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