Pygmy hippo born at North Carolina science center: video

The Greensboro Science Center shared a video of the newborn endangered animal.

Greensboro Science Center

In an announcement filled with “pure delight and excitement,” a North Carolina science center welcomed a new member of its animal household.

The Greensboro Science Center’s female pygmy hippopotamus, Holly, welcomed a calf, according to a Could 26 Facebook post.

“The calf was born on Could 24, 2023 to Holly (female) and Ralph (male), a pair suggested for breeding by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Strategy Plan,” the center mentioned, “making a important milestone in the GSC’s most current zoo expansion, Revolution Ridge.”

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In a video shared by the center, Holly and her new calf stand in the mud, the child extremely tiny subsequent to its currently smaller mother.

The two are pygmy hippos, a distinctive species than the popular river hippopotamus, which only grows to in between 350 and 600 pounds, the center mentioned. Pygmy hippos weigh 7.five to 14 pounds at birth, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance says.

River hippos, in comparison, can develop as substantial as four,000 pounds, and are 1 of the most unsafe animals in Africa, Ultimate Kilimanjaro reports.

Pygmy hippos, by comparison, are 1-sixth the size. They are native to West Africa, mostly Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

They are also particularly uncommon.

Pygmy hippos are endangered, generating conservation efforts necessary, the center mentioned. Greensboro Science Center

Listed as endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species, there are only an estimated two,500 adult pygmy hippos in the wild, generating breeding applications like the Species Survival Strategy system necessary.

“Beginning Friday, Could 26 at two:00 p.m., viewing of the hippo indoor holding location will be intermittent … as we continue to monitor Holly and her new calf,” the center mentioned.

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