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HippoThames swims into St Katharine’s Docks for his own ‘selfie’

PUBLISHED: 13:20 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:30 28 October 2014

Getting a 'selfie' with a 65ft-long hippo at St Katharine Docks [photos: Isabel Infantes]

Getting a 'selfie' with a 65ft-long hippo at St Katharine Docks [photos: Isabel Infantes]

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It’s not every day you get to take a ‘selfie’ with a 65ft-long hippo floating behind you.

Maya Shippam [left] and siblings Arthur and Olive McCauley painted up to hunt the hippoMaya Shippam [left] and siblings Arthur and Olive McCauley painted up to hunt the hippo

But that’s what visitors young and older managed at Saturday’s HippoThames Festival fun day at St Katharine’s Docks by the Tower of London.

The huge wooden sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was moored at St Katharine’s after being towed downriver from last month’s Totally Thames festival to find a home at the quayside.

65ft-long hippo sculpture that floated down Thames under Tower Bridge65ft-long hippo sculpture that floated down Thames under Tower Bridge

The fun day was to welcome the newest ‘resident’ to the ancient docks, with a children’s ‘hippo trail’ to collect special stamps in a hippo fact book, while hunting for the 12 letters of ‘hippopotamus’ around the quayside.

The dock owners laid on a mountain of treats for children including hippo face painting and hippo balloons.

“HippopoThames has proved to be an incredibly popular visitor to St Katharine’s,” event organiser Caroline Young said.

“We thought it fitting to host our own special hippo day in his honour.”

Monster prizes were also given for the best ‘selfie’ with HippopoThames in a social media competition for the funniest and cutest snap to be uploaded to Twitter or Facebook.


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