The Star (Kenya)
ailand’s oldest hippo celebrates 55th birthday with fruit and song
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.