A baby pygmy hippo was born in Taronga Zoo in the Australian city of Sydney. It’s just a little miracle. Now the baby is learning to swim under the care of its mother, and she is also actively being given a name together with visitors.
The baby was born to a mother named Kambiri and a father named Fergus and was the zoo’s first cub in four years. This is an important milestone in efforts to conserve the endangered West African species, the zookeepers said. There are fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos left in the wild, so each birth at the zoo is extremely valuable and helps maintain the population.
The little girl spent two weeks in an enclosure, learning to walk and swim under the watchful eye of her mother. She has not yet been given a name, but it will soon be chosen together with zoo visitors. Zoo director Simon Duffy says pygmy hippo cubs “look like little watermelons on tiny little legs.”