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Lucifer (“Lu”) the hippopotamus is a permanent resident of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in Homosassa, Florida, and the only permanent resident there that isn’t native to Florida. The park had a birthday party for Lu’s 51st birthday (January 2011). Hippos typically live 40 to 50 years. Below is the story about this honorary Florida resident.
Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens
1/250s, f/8.0, ISO 100, focal length 131.0mm
A fun treatment of this old hippo using Topaz Adjust
From the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park website:
Why, you may ask, is an African species found at a Florida park with all native wildlife? Well, Lucifer has lived here all his life. He was a big movie star when this was an exotic animal park. Local residents took a special liking to Lu and often visited him between his many movies. When the park went to strictly native species Lucifer was bound for a transfer. You can imagine the demand for a 6,000 pound hippopotamus is not particularly high. When the locals caught wind of the intended transfer they put up a fight to keep Lu here. Needless to say their voices were heard and Lu was granted honorary state citizenship.