The name hippo originates from Greek origin and means River horse. This 12-inch hippo lifelike stuffed animal is surface washable, so your animal plush will be able to withstand all of life's messes. These plush toys are perfect for gifts, whether it be gifts for kids or Christmas gifts for any animal lover in your life. You will not be able to resist a smile when you see one of these plushies in front of you. It is almost like having a new member of the family. Wild Republic has been developing plush animals and educational toys for kids of all ages since 1979, with a specialization in realistic stuffed animals.