MortgageHippo Hippo Hoax, 2014

A video was put on youtube that gathered a lot of attention about a hippo spotting in the chicago river. Two weeks later another video of the same hippo in a different location in the chicago river was posted as well which caused more of a stir.

Many people were skeptical of the hippo being in the river, and the chicago police later came out with a statement that there were no reports of any sightings of the wild animal and was unlikely the hippo could survive in the water’s cold climate. The video still circled social media.

But eventually, MortgageHippo came out with another video and statement providing the hippo was a hoax and a publicity stunt. Used to promote their company.

The hippo sighting


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