Pygmy Hippo Born At Tampa Zoo

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a Tampa zoo say they have a new pygmy hippopotamus.

The rare hippo was born Thursday at Lowry Park Zoo.

Zoo workers have been monitoring the female calf’s mother, Zsa Zsa, and officials say the second-time mother appears to be exhibiting appropriate behaviors and nursing routinely.

The baby hippo was approximately 10 pounds and 20 inches long at birth. Pygmy hippos — much smaller than Nile hippos — average between 350 to 550 pounds as adults.

The zoo says there are only about 60 pygmy hippos in all of North America and fewer than 3,000 left in the wild. They’re found in West Africa in lowland forests.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

How To Get Through Airport Security As Quickly As PossibleWith more people flying than ever before, it’s not surprising to see reports of long lines of people waiting in airport security lines...
Fatal Alligators Attacks in Florida Over Past 20 YearsThe body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy was found Wednesday after he was snatched by an alligator at a...

Listen Live