Guangdong ,China


A hippo escaped from a flooded Chinese zoo by simply swimming over her fence to freedom.

The animal is now swimming around freely in a local river leaving zoo officials puzzled as to how to catch her again.

They say the hippo shows no interest in leaving the water in Shantou city, in Guangdong province in southeast China.

A zoo spokesman said: “We had extreme weather with flooding caused by the tropical storm Usagi, and the water was so high it allowed the hippo to simply swim over the fence to her enclosure and away.”

She ended up in a nearby river where she has become a tourist attraction, and is being fed cabbages and vegetables by locals who throw them into the water.