"Imagine my surprise while on a walking holiday in the upper nile valley when I found myself confronted by a huge and sinister sphinx wrought in the image of a tremendous hippo! Hurridly, I sketched this wonderous and remarkable find, and dashed back to Shepard's from whence I placed a tele-phone call to the Cairo Musseum. They proved most fascinated by the sketches I had taken, but when I attempted to take experts to the spot, I was unable to find it once more..."
From "Circumnavigating the globe with my trusty Webbly & Scott" by Colonel P. W. Rastler, Indian Army (ret.)
Now you too can look upon this magnificent example of devotional statuary from Ancient Egypt, thanks to teams of dedicated researchers and skilled artisans at the Royal Institute of African River Horse Terrain Manufacture who have constructed a replica! Huzzah!
The replica in question