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Hippopotamus and Calf

...Mort Künstler painted this hippopotamus and calf in 1974?

It was done as a series of 38 paintings of wildlife varying from lions to garter snakes. They all showed the adult with its offspring and were commissioned by Scholastic Book Services to be used as finger puppets. Künstler still has most of the originals. His children had selected some to hang in their rooms. Now they are hanging in their children’s rooms!

Hippopotamus means “river horse.” The largest hippo wieghs 4 tons, but it can float. It can also sink down and then swim or walk about on the bottom of a lake. Its nostrils close so it can stay under water for several minutes. On land the hippo runs as fast as a man. Female and juvenile hippos live in herds. Males each have a separate territory surrounding the area of the herd. A mother has one calf at a time that weighs about 100 pounds. It can swim before it walks. Wild in Africa, hippos live 30 to 35 years. In captivity, one lived 50 years.

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Did You Also Know...?

...this painting was done by Mort Künstler for the cover of New Times Magazine?

...Mort Küntler painted the cover for All Sports Parade in 1952?

...Mort Künstler painted many illustrations for the hunting and fishing magazines during the 1950's and 1960's

...Mort Künstler painted Early Morn, Late Start in 1977?

...The County Board of Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland, presented this certificate to Mort Künstler on October 4, 1986?

...Mort Künstler painted the covers for a whole series of Nick Carter paperback covers?

...Rockwell International commissioned Mort Künstler to paint this scene of the Rockwell Tile Team working on the first Space Shuttle, Columbia?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of two fighting Tyrannosaurus for Dinosaur Story?

...Mort Künstler painted this hippopotamus and calf in 1974?

...The Doctor's Confession was one of many book covers that Mort Künstler painted for the Elizabeth Seifert series of "doctor" novels?

...Mort Künstler painted this scene of a hayride?

...Mort Künstler was commissioned by the Crum and Forster Insurance Company to paint a scene of historic Morristown for their corporate headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey?

...Mort Künstler painted the movie poster for The Passage?

...the cover for The Nymph Was Mortal was painted by Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of the Avro Triplane that first flew in 1909?

…this painting of a British Spitfire was done in 1958 by Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a deep sea diver?

...Mort Künstler painted this hot rod for the Aurora Plastics Corporation?

...Mort Künstler did this cover of the Louis L'Amour paperback, Crossfire Trail?

...Mort Künstler did this painting in the 1970's for Windsor Canadian?

...Mort Künstler painted this watercolor of a knight on horseback, while a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn?

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