Pygmy hippo draws attention at Paris zoo

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    PARIS - Aldo looks, eats and lazes like a hippopotamus — but the 3-week-old is only about as long as a human baby — 21 inches. The pygmy hippo, born June 5 at the Paris Zoo, is one of only a few dozen in Europe, bred in a special program to boost the rare species.
    There are no more than 3,000 pygmy hippos worldwide, mostly in West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau or Liberia, said Juliane Villenain, a biologist at the zoo in the Bois de Vincennes.
    Pygmy hippopotamuses are, unlike their much bigger relatives, solitary animals, except during the reproductive season. The female cares for the newborn by herself, as does Aldo's mother Anais, Villenain said.
    Since the breeding project started in the early 1990s, 47 males have been born and 66 females. Aldo's older brothers live in Spain and Britain.
    Aldo was kept out of the public eye immediately after birth. He will be on view to visitors starting Wednesday.
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  2. OMG the baby hippo is so cute.
     
  3. Awwww..adorable! :smile:
     
  4. Awe :love:
     
  5. Baby hippos are so cute!
     
  6. he's beautiful.
     
  7. cute!
     
  8. Look at his beautiful face!:love:
     
  9. haha look at those eyes and ears!! So much cuteness!!
     
  10. Very cute!
     
  11. SO cute! But they grow up to be so scary.... well maybe not the pygmies, I guess!
     
  12. EEEK! I about died, so cute!