1010 WINS– An adorable baby Nile hippopotamus was just born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Staff welcomed the bundle of joy to their park over the weekend and were especially excited because the calf, still unnamed since a gender has not been identified yet, is the first hippo born at the park in over thirteen years.
Mother Tuma and her mate Henry were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The hippo’s birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of vulnerable species with declining populations.
This lovable newborn can’t stop snuggling with her mother and is certainly the perfect addition to Disney’s kingdom. As of now, the pair needs plenty of time to bond so the exact weight and gender of the calf won’t be known for some time.
Tuma and her calf can be spotted on the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris as well as the Wild Africa Trek experience. To learn more about hippos, visit DisneyAnimals.com.
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