Cuteness overload - Meet the baby pygmy hippo who won't leave his Mummy's side
Published 20/11/2015 | 13:18
Zoo keepers are thrilled at the arrival of a gorgeous baby pygmy hippo.
The little calf, which has not been named yet was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens three weeks ago – and has made it clear that she's a bif fan of her mummy.
The baby is happily exploring the zoo’s pygmy hippo exhibit, along with mummy Sirana and daddy Nato, indulging in lots of eating and swimming in the heated pool.
Zoo staff say that the hippo house will reopen to the public soon, once Sarana and Nato have gotten the hang of caring for their baby.
“The calf is looking very strong and it certainly feeds well.
“Like any youngster, it wants to be close to mum at all times and is often seen by her side.
“It spends short periods of time in the water but is not quite as good at swimming as its parents so we often see mum Sirana guiding her little one back into the shallow water. Young hippos tire easily," a spokesman for the zoo said.
The pygmy hippo is endangered in the wild, where it is thought that there are under 2,000 of them.
In Liberia, deforestation by logging companies is damaging one of the few remaining strongholds for the pygmy hippo.
Bristol Zoo Gardens form part of an international captive breeding programme for the animals.
"The European programme is a well-established and very successful programme and our male, Nato, is a genetically important animal; by default, so will be his offspring," the spokeswoman added.