There is a website called SoundAmerica that has a plethora of sounds, .wavs, and themes.
Not only do they have "I Want A Hippotamus for Christmas" by Gayle Peevey, the original version, they have a renditon by The 3 Stooges!
Here is a link:
This should take you to the list containing the song.
I adore this song... wikipedia has the story of how this song was used by an Oklahoma City promoter in 1953 as a fundraiser to procure a hippopotamus for Gayla Peevey, the young girl singing the song, who was from the area. They raised $3000 and purchased a baby hippo, Matilda. Gayla donated the hippo to the zoo, which had no hippo at the time.
I found this song on an old Dr. Demento Christmas album when i was about 12. I have been singing it and receiving hippo paraphenalia ever since. My mom once thought I was too old for it, but I just started singing louder.
this is my wifestrel's FAVOURITE xmas tune! (mine? a tie between thurl ravencroft's "mr grinch" and bob rivers' "walking round in wimmen's underwear"...does bob rivers' twisted xmas have a website?) btw, the daily sqwirt works great now! thanx for whippin' them web gremlins into shape!