The Star (Kenya)

ai­land’s old­est hippo cel­e­brates 55th birth­day with fruit and song

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As chil­dren and other spec­ta­tors sang to mark her 55th birth­day,

ai­land’s old­est hip­popota­mus Mae Mali chomped on an as­sort­ment of fruit and veg­eta­bles ar­ranged in the shape of a cake.

Mae Mali, which means “Mother Jas­mine” in ai, who moved to a com­pound at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in east­ern ai­land two years ago from a zoo in Bangkok, and has al­ready out­lived a hippo’s typ­i­cal life ex­pectancy of around 40 to 50 years old.

Mae Mali gave birth to nu­mer­ous calves, and her de­scen­dants now num­ber 21 hip­pos re­sid­ing in zoos across the South­east Asian coun­try.

“Mae Mali can­not re­pro­duce any­more be­cause she’s quite el­derly. But we will still take great care of her so she can be­come one of the long­est liv­ing hip­popota­mus in the world,” said ,” said zoo di­rec­tor At­ta­porn Sri­hayrun.

In the wild, the hip­popota­mus lives in rivers and lakes in sub-sa­ha­ran Africa and habi­tat loss means it’s now con­sid­ered vul­ner­a­ble. e World Wildlife Fund es­ti­mates there are around 115,000 to 130,000 left in the wild.

 ?? /REUTERS ?? ai­land’s old­est hip­popota­mus ‘Mae Mali’ eats fruit and veg­eta­bles dur­ing her 55th birth­day party at Khao Kheow zoo in Chon Buri, ai­land, on Tues­day
/REUTERS ai­land’s old­est hip­popota­mus ‘Mae Mali’ eats fruit and veg­eta­bles dur­ing her 55th birth­day party at Khao Kheow zoo in Chon Buri, ai­land, on Tues­day
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