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Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. In November Hurberta the wandering hippo decided to embark on a trek that would take her a distance of 1 km over 3 years, something never before recorded! Her journey would capture the imagination of people from around the world and she would take her place as a truly deserving national heroine. Huberta is likely to have been born near St. Lucia Estuary in Zululand.
We will never know just what strange impulse made Huberta the Hippo suddenly leave her muddy lagoon and begin her great trek southwards but it became the start of one of the most delightfully dotty animal adventures of all time. Many have speculated on why Huberta set off on this extremely long journey. Some have said that she wanted to visit ancestral haunts of hippos that had previously lived further to the south.
Others said she was looking for a lost friend and yet others believed that she had witnessed her mother being killed and she had wanted to flee as far as possible from the place of this tragedy. The real motive we will never know and perhaps it is nicer to think that she just felt that she needed some adventure in her life! As she crossed roads and railways and visited towns and cities it became obvious that this was no shy animal.
She ate her way through parks, gardens and farms and tramped over golf courses. That said, however, she became a master in avoiding people. She travelled mainly at night and in spite of being constantly pursued by journalists and other enthusiasts, she succeeded in escaping in the dense bushes and swamps and nobody saw anything more from her than her footprints. One photo does exist, taken on a sugar cane farm, early on in her journey. It appeared in the Natal Mercury newspaper, igniting the initial interest.
She soon became famous across South Africa and even became known across the globe with international publications picking up on the story. The press initially thought that she was a male hippo and nicknamed her Hubert. Later, when her true identity was discovered, she was renamed Huberta. She broke up her journey for a while and settled herself in the lagoon at the mouth of the Mhlanga River some km from her home.
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She seemed to enjoy her new home and her status as a minor celebrity. She attracted crowds who would throw fruit, sugar cane and other tidbits to her.
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At this point there was a failed attempt by hunters to capture her and put her into Johannesburg Zoo. As she became more famous she was declared by the Natal Provincial Council as royal game and it became illegal to hunt or catch her. She was awarded mythical status by the Zulu and Xhosa peoples who came to believe that she possessed the spirit of a great chief.