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[Zoonaute news] Debut dip for hippo calf at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

le Jeu 16 Jan 2014, 15:41
A baby hippo had a splashing time at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after taking a dip in the public pool for the very first time.

The five-week-old common hippo calf had been snuggled up to mum, Lola, in their private dens, before making its first appearance in the big pool today.

Born just after 9am on 11 December 2013, the tiny tot is Lola and dad, Hoover’s, second calf and is thought to be a little girl, but its sex is yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, keepers have nicknamed the youngster Nelly.

Zookeeper Steve White said: “After a few tentative steps on the water’s edge, Nelly was soon enjoying paddling around in the pool and blowing bubbles under the surface as she explored her new surroundings.

“She’s extremely playful and inquisitive and loves nothing more than watching what’s going on around her. She was standing and suckling just an hour after she was born, and mum’s been doing a brilliant job really helping her to thrive.”

Born after an eight month gestation period, baby Nelly will one day weigh a whopping 1400kg (220st) when she’s fully grown, and reach up to 1.6 metres in height.

Classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and under threat from poaching and habitat loss in the wild, Nelly is a much welcomed addition to the European Studbook for common hippos.



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Common Hippos
Common hippos can be found in West, Central, East and South Africa.
They are classed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List and are under increasing threat from habitat loss and poaching.
Designed for a life underwater, hippo’s eyes, ears and nostrils are on top of their head, and their webbed feet make perfect paddles. Hippos don’t actually swim, but do a slow-motion gallop action across the bottom of the water.

European Studbook
The European Studbook is used by Zoos across Europe to manage conservation breeding programmes. The Studbook holder is responsible for pairing well-matched animals and recording details such as birth place and parentage to ensure a healthy and diverse population of animals.

ZSL
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Our mission is realised through our ground-breaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For more information visit www.zsl.org

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Re: [Zoonaute news] Debut dip for hippo calf at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

le Ven 17 Jan 2014, 14:58

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