New home for baby hippo

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A MALE pygmy hippo that was born last month will be moved from its night quar­ters into its per­ma­nent out­door home to­mor­row, the Na­tional Zoo­log­i­cal Gar­dens of South Africa said yes­ter­day. It said the mother and baby would be re­leased into an area away from the male un­til the young hippo and the fa­ther be­came used to each an­other. Spokesper­son Craig Al­lenby said the pygmy hippo was listed as en­dan­gered on IUCN’s Red List of Threat­ened Species. “It’s es­ti­mated that there are about 2 000 pygmy hip­pos left in the wild, but this num­ber is not sub­stan­ti­ated by con­ser­va­tion­ists,” said Al­lenby. Pygmy hip­pos reach re­pro­duc­tive ma­tu­rity at three years and the ges­ta­tion pe­riod is be­tween six and seven months. “Our young­ster weighs be­tween 7kg and 8kg,” Al­lenby said.

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