Little happy hippo

Prague zoo has a new member: Little hippopotamus was born in Thursday night. Gender is not known, because it’s mother Maruska keeps her baby very well. It is her third young one, two previous one unfortunately did not survive. First in year 2004 was born dead, second one died a day after birth last year. Third one looks very hopefully and it is kept away from father Slavek, only with mother in their pond.

Maruska was born in Ostrava zoo in 1999, and it is common that first and second birth of hippo, which isn’t in group of experienced hippos, is not successful. Father Slavek is 21 years old and this young is his thirteen.

Pavilion of pachyderms was closed this weekend, caretakers wanted calmness for mother and little one.

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