Hippopotamus Escapes Circus in Spain's Palos de la Frontera, Stops Traffic

Image: Hippo in Palos de la Frontera
A hippopotamus wanders over a street in the southern Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera on Wednesday.Manuel Garcia Rodriguez / Twitter

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By Alexander Smith

Motorists in southern Spain were given a massive surprise by a hippopotamus who'd escaped from the circus and plodded over a busy street on Wednesday.

The hippo was the star of several videos posted to social media after it stopped traffic in the southern town of Palos de la Frontera. No one was injured before police and circus staff were able to corral the animal and return it to captivity, local media reported.

Hippos are herbivores and according to National Geographic can grow up to 8,000 lbs in weight — around twice the average weight of a car in the U.S.