Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Dramatic update on Douglas the orphaned hippo

The story of Douglas, the orphaned hippo raised at Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust in Zambia was reported in Wildlife Extra in last year.

Douglas is now two and a half years old, although not yet his full size, having about two and a half tonnes of growing still to go! he is fending for himself, however, and interacting with other hippos in South Luangwa National Park.

His life is not without incident, though, as the latest update from Chipembele's Steve Tolon reveals. Steve wrote:

"Douglas has become more independent and 'chilled', and doesn't bother us anywhere near as much as he used to.

"He was always pushing open an outside door and sneaking in, sometimes sleeping in the bedroom until discovered.

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