These photos from the Londolozi Blog shows the first level of consumption. Then come the ants... A hippo has a lot of mass of concentrated protein. Its skin is virtually impenetrable and needs skinning knives of the highest order being 1.5" thick in places. I have seen little deer carcasses lying around in Colorado for a week and more. Look at this: Half a day and one night is all that is needed. The area around the carcass turned into a mini dust bowl Here is the full story from the Londolozi Blog: http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/12/13/how-long-does-it-take-to-eat-a-hippo/ Enjoy!