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  • 17
  • 09
  • 2016

A baby pygmy hippo has been born at a British zoo.

The little boy is just three weeks old and honestly? We just can’t cope with how adorable he looks as he joins parents Sirana and Nato in Bristol Zoo’s Hippo House.

He’s said to be enjoying using the heated pool, which we’re totally behind, because we’d be exactly the same, especially now the “heatwave” is officially over…

The hippos remained away from the public eye until their home was reopened last week, to enable Nato and Sirana time to settle into life as parents.

The zoo’s curator of mammals Lynsey Bugg said: “The calf is looking very strong and he certainly feeds well.

“Like any youngster, he wants to be close to mum at all times and is often seen by her side.

“He spends short periods of time in the water but is not quite as good at swimming as his parents so we often see Sirana guiding her little one back into the shallow water. Young hippos tire easily.”

pygmy hippo

(Bristol Zoo/PA)

If you’re unsure how pygmy hippos are different to common hippopotamus, they’re much smaller (as the name suggests) and they also have proportionally longer legs, a smaller head, less prominent eyes, and ears more towards the side of the head.

Sadly, the pygmy hippo has been assessed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – there are thought to be less than 2,000 in the wild.

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