The Virginia Zoo welcomes a baby pygmy hippopotamus just in time for ChristmasThank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Fifties child star Gayla Peavey’s call for a “hippopotamus for Christmas” has come true for a zoo in Virginia.
Metro Richmond Zoo welcomes the birth of a baby hippo just in time for Christmas, according to a Dec. 22 news release from the zoo.
The adorable newborn was born on December 6, the announcement said. The yet-to-be-named baby was born to parents Iris and Corwin after a 7-month pregnancy.
The baby is the second pygmy hippopotamus ever born in Virginia, according to the zoo. And it grows fast. She weighed 16 kilograms at birth, and a week later she was already 24.2 kilograms. As an adult, it can weigh up to 600 pounds.
The zoo describes Iris as “an experienced mother and very caring for her baby.” The mother and baby are currently in a private “super cozy hay enclosure.” But guests will soon be able to spot the new addition when the pair move into the indoor pool area, the zoo says.
Baby hippos are categorized as endangered by International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are fewer than 2,500 adult baby hippos left in the wild in Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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