Hippopotamus in Manitoba?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 19th, 2010

Halifax Herald
Halifax, Nova Scotia

July 30, 1885


One day recently, while fishing from the bank of the river, John Bryan observed a very strange monster swimming in the river some distance below him. Mr. Bryan’s attention was first attracted to the point where the monster was disporting itself by a sound which resembled escaping steam, and he expected to see a steamboat coming up the river. Imagine his surprise, however, to see swimming about what he first thought was a cow, but which on clear inspection proved to be a large monster, the like of which he had never seen or heard of before. The beast swam from one side of the river to the other at a terrific rate, throwing up the water like a steamboat. Then it swam down the river a short distance, then up again, and then disappeared beneath the surface of the water, leaving a vortex of water behind like a whirlpool. Bryan says the animal looked to be larger than a horse, and had a head something like a hippopotamus. It was of a pale, yellowish color under the neck and dark brown on the back, and showed considerable of its body above water. – Emerson International.

See also the hippo in BC report from 1928, here.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “Hippopotamus in Manitoba?”

  1. Cass_of_MPLS responds:

    Since 1928 they say
    The Hippopotamus has held sway
    In Manitoba’s lakes and streams
    But all the while the hippo dreams
    Of Africa’s far distant streams
    Which steam so warmly in the sun
    THAT’S the recipe for Hippo-fun
    Yes, though it may have been awhile
    This Hippo STILL lives in DENIAL….

  2. IndyGuy99 responds:

    This report is very interesting to me. What could be the cause? Was there a zoo that a hippo could have escaped? Although it doesn’t seem realistic could a desmosylan have survived, isolated in the lake? Other Tertiary animals that probably looked like hippos lived in the USA such as Elomeryx, which was part of a family of animals that may have been the ancestors of hippos!

  3. IndyGuy99 responds:

    Sorry I spelled desmostylans wrong.

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