Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Extremely rare, insanely adorable pygmy hippo born in UK

NOVEMBER 20, 2015

by Brett Smith

Classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, pygmy hippopotamuses are extremely rare in the wild, with only about 2,000 individuals thought to be left. So it's no surprise then that zookeepers at the Bristol Zoo in the United Kingdom are particularly excited about the recent birth of a baby pygmy hippopotamus.

Zookeepers told BBC News they don’t know the sex of the baby hippo yet, and as a result haven’t decided on a name.

"The calf is looking very strong and it certainly feeds well,” said Lynsey Bugg, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo. "It spends short periods of time in the water but is not quite as good at swimming as its parents.”

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