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    Baby Hippo Born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

    The park announced the birth that took place this weekend, with a newborn calf usually weighing between 60 and 110 pounds.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018)

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom has an adorable new addition: A baby Nile hippopotamus.

    The baby hippo is the first Nile hippopotamus to be born at Animal Kingdom in 13 years, according to a statement. The newborn calf likely weighs more than 60 pounds, but can grow up to weigh more than 2,000 pounds.

    Right now, the unnamed calf is staying close to mom Tuma, Disney said.

    “Our animal care team is giving Tuma and her calf plenty of room to nurse and bond, so the calf’s gender and weight may not be known for some time,” the statement read.

    The baby hippo was born at 10 p.m. on January 13. Disney noted that the Nile hippopotamus is a declining species.

    “This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures. We hope guests will see this adorable hippo calf and be inspired to take action to protect them in the wild,” the statement read.

    Visitors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can see the baby hippo and Tuma on Kilimanjaro Safaris and during the Wild Africa Trek experience.


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