March 24, 1967: Herman the Hippo disappeared from his pen at an animal show in Huntington Beach, California. For three days, no one could find him, despite a massive manhunt, and despite the fact that one would think it would be easy to spot a 1500-pound hippopotamus wandering around Orange County.
Three days later he was found, 15 miles away, relaxing in a swimming pool at a horse ranch near Laguna Beach. The most likely explanation was that he had swum the 15 miles in the ocean.
Herman was lured out of the pool by bringing down his best friend, Lisa the elephant, whom he followed into their transport van.
Paul Di Filippo
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