Panicky hippo jumps out of a moving truck in Taiwan

Certainly some kinds of strange feelings for the hippo which panicked and jumped out of a moving truck while being transported in Taiwan to a different location.

Confused residents took it for a dinosaur on the loose as it caused some panics among them.

Television footage showed the enormous animal lying on the road with a white fluid oozing from its eyes after it jumped through a truck window and landed on a parked car before falling onto the road on Friday.

The unusual sound of the collision startled the people nearby as they flocked to get some glimpse of the huge creature before contacting the police in central Miaoli county.

A woman was quoted as saying that she ran out of the house after hearing the crash and thought she saw "a dinosaur" lying on the road.

The truck driver said that he saw the hippo "flying out" of the vehicle during the drive, probably out of some fear, as it was certainly a strange experience for the sea creature.

The mammal however broke one its legs during the panic jump.

The injured animal, named "A Ho" after the Chinese name for hippo Ho Ma, lay on the road for a few hours before being put into a cargo container and taken back to its farm in central Taichung city, officials said.

Taiwanese authorities said Saturday that the animal's owner could face a fine of up to Tw$75,000 (US$2,400) for violating animal protection laws after the hippo suffered a broken leg and damage to its teeth.

Local media said the hippo was a star attraction at its farm and had even appeared in a popular television soap opera several years ago.

So do not take the star hippo for a joke, instead, show some sympathy for the injured star hippotamus.

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