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Teeny-Weeny Baby Pygmy Hippo Born at Australian Zoo

By joslyngray |

A baby pygmy hippo has made her debut at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, about a month after she was born.

The hippo was born in a breech delivery, resulting in complications, and she almost didn’t make it. The baby hippo was named Monifa, which is Nigarian for “I am lucky.”

Weighing in at a little over eight pounds at birth, she’s been growing fast, and now weighs almost 15 pounds, reports Australian newspaper The Manly Daily. Adult pygmy hippos, which are native to Nigeria, grow to be about 450-600 pounds–less than a quarter of the weight of a regular hippopotamus.

Pygmy hippos are endangered, and there are only about 3,000 of them in the world, zookeeper Renae Zammit told the newspaper. This one is being hand-raised by two dedicated zookeepers who have moved in to the zoo and switch off 24-hour alternate shifts.

Check out a video of this adorable, ear-wiggling, nuzzling baby, below!

Read more from Joslyn at Strollerderby and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Joslyn Gray is the mother of four children with a variety of challenges ranging from allergies to ADHD to Asperger Syndrome. She writes candidly and comedically about this and her generally hectic life on her light-hearted personal blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy.. Read bio and latest posts → Read joslyngray's latest posts →

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