Tyzon the hippopotamus, making himself at home in Veracruz. Tyzon the hippopotamus, making himself at home in Veracruz.

Hippo finds a home in Veracruz lagoon

Tyzon has become a popular member of the community in Las Choapas

An African hippopotamus appears to be making himself at home in a Veracruz lagoon, showing signs of settling down and even engaging in a tryst with a local farmer’s calf.


Nicknamed Tyzon by residents of Las Choapas, the 600-kilogram hippo had been sighted in lagoons across the state but has now taken up residence here, becoming something of a popular mascot in the community.

Residents say the hippo is timid and heads for the water when vehicles approach, but environmental authorities believe he could be a threat and are now considering how they might capture and move the animal to an ecological reserve in Orizaba.

Some locals — who have even created a Facebook page for Tyzon — would prefer the animal remain and be named the official mascot of Las Choapas, a municipality in the southeastern corner of the state.

The environmental protection agency Profepa said hippos can be aggressive and pose a danger to the public and native species.

Where Tyzon came from remains a mystery.

Source: Surestesur.com (sp), Associated Press (en)

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  • zihuarob

    It came from Africa, likely released by a narco who had to flee in a hurry.

  • mexitarrio

    some knob will kill it

    • DreadFool

      hippo al vapor en salsa verde!

  • DreadFool

    what a racist name for a hippo

    • Gilberto Atl González

      Don´t take any offense where none was intended. Tyson is greatly admired around here, and Tyzon is becoming a legend all around Veracruz.

      • DreadFool

        would the same zoo call a chimp Barack?

        • Ge0ffrey

          Do you live in Mexico? You probably have a problem with the fact that there are only two genders in Mexico.

          • DreadFool

            its not a gender issue you mammal, its racist to call a big black animal after a boxer

          • Ge0ffrey

            The only racist person who has done that here is YOU, you dingleberry, when you made that association to Barack! BTW, hippos aren’t black.

          • DreadFool

            good of you to boast a zero in your name

          • Ge0ffrey

            Are you on drugs or medication of some kind?

          • DreadFool

            yes, it’s called intelligence

    • Ge0ffrey

      There is no political correctness in Mexico.