Updated 19 March 2014

Coconut cake for Jessica the hippo's 14th birthday

Jessica the tame hippopotamus who sleeps on a bed and loves rooibos tea recently celebrated her 14th birthday.


Jessica the tame hippopotamus celebrated her 14th birthday with a coconut birthday cake on Tuesday.

"It went off well yesterday [Tuesday]. One of her boyfriends spent the day here and even stayed overnight. He is still here today," said Tonie Joubert on Wednesday.

Joubert raised Jessica after finding her at a few hours old on the banks of the Blyde River with her umbilical cordstill attached.

Jessica now lives with the Joubert family near Hoedspruit in Limpopo.

There were other goodies as well

Joubert said she had a coconut birthday cake, and also enjoyed some other goodies.

"We gave her some cake and she loved it. We also gave her some whole-wheat buns; normally we give her bread but she loved the buns also."

Read: Why wolves can't be tamed

Birthday kisses from everyone

She also got five kilograms of carrots. Joubert said it was not raining there for her birthday on Tuesday despite heavy rainfall in other parts of the country. "We had some tourists here and people gave her birthday kisses."

Tame and famous

Jessica is one of the country's most renowned tame animals. She weighs over 1400kg, and is a movie star with her own fan club and web page. She loves Rooibos tea and drinks 20 litres of it a day.

She walks in and out of the Joubert house whenever she wants to, and sleeps on a mattress on the veranda with her best mates, five English bull terriers.

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