They say it looks like a hippo in the Chicago River, but that’s impossible, isn’t it? Granted Chicago is a place where a lot of strange things are seen from time to time, but a hippo in the Chicago River? Two men believe they have captured what appears to be a hippo, but whatever it is that’s one mysterious creature, as seen in the video above.
According to Mail Online on Sept. 22, the YouTube video of this mysterious beast has gone viral, but how can a hippo possibly make its way into the Chicago River? It is not like an alligator in the sewers of New York City. People don’t buy baby hippos and set them free when they get too big for their apartments in Chicago.
The Blaze reports that a zoo representative said a hippo being in the Chicago River is highly unlikely. They believe it is a Jimmy Kimmel-like prank or a marketing ploy of some sorts, but a hippo in the Chicago River, not likely!
Two men are chatting as they take the video and they say things like, “It went under again,” and “That boat is pretty much heading right towards it.” The conversation seems genuine and something you’d might expect two people to say while viewing a huge unknown creature in a downtown river.
Officer Jose Estrado of the Chicago Police Department states that there’s been no reports of any wild animals roaming the streets or swimming in the rivers of Chicago. It is not as if this place is desolate and an area where an unknown beast can hide.
The Chicago River is busy, bustling and has an abundance of watercraft utilizing the waterway in the busy downtown metropolis. A little investigating shows that the person who posted the YouTube video has not posted a video on the site before.
This guy is not a known prankster on Youtube, but it doesn’t mean this isn’t his debut of a long line of future creatures showing up on YouTube. If you listen to the two conversing on the video, it doesn’t have a prank feeling about it.
The video dates back to Sept. 15. In the video the passengers on a boat go to one side of the small vessel and seem to be looking at the head peeping out of the water. The passengers seem to notice this creature and if it was a hippo, wouldn’t they have called authorities?
The boat makes the creature look relatively large, so it’s not as if you’re seeing a beaver’s head and mistaking it for the likes of the Lock Ness Monster. If a hippo escaped from the zoo, surely there would be an all-points bulletin to locate the creature.
A hippo just doesn’t make its way into a Chicago waterway without some type of help from humans getting it to the windy city in the first place. So what do you think this mysterious creature is?