This Cute Canadian PSA Gave Every ’90s Kid Trust Issues

But you still believe tiny hippos exist.

1. If you grew up in Canada around the ‘99/’00s, you might remember “House Hippo,” a PSA that aimed to teach kids not to believe everything they see on TV.

And they got the message out in the most adorably cruel way:

2. In the ad, a soothing deep voice introduces us to tiny “North American” hippos who only come out to play at night.

They are, apparently, found all over Canada and the eastern United States.

3. They are timid little creatures who aren’t afraid of standing up to bigger animals, like your cat.

4. They have bathtime in your dog’s water bowl…

5. …make nests out of your “lost mittens, dryer lint, and bits of string”….

“The nests have to be very soft, hippos sleep about 16 hours a day.”

6. …and leave tiny peanut butter tracks, because it’s one of their favourite foods.

7. But then after you’ve already gotten all excited and started planning dates with your hippo friend, the ad is like, NOPE, TINY HIPPOS DON’T ACTUALLY EXIST.

“That’s why it’s good to think about what you watch on TV…” a lady’s voice then said. I mean, I GUESS, LADY, BUT YOU ALREADY GOT MY HIPPO HOPES UP.

8. Leave it to Canada to deliver this message in the most adorably cruel way.

9. Still, you always believed.

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Tanya Chen is a senior editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.
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