As pygmy hippos near extinction, a newborn baby boy brought hope to the San Diego Zoo. The 12-pound calf was born on April 9 to a four-year-old named Mabel and is the first pygmy to be born at the zoo in over 30 years.
“Mom and calf are doing very well. The calf is nursing and getting lots of attention from the first-time mother,” the zoo announced. The hippo was born in the Lost Forest area of the zoo, which is a protected indoor pygmy hippo habitat. The baby is developing quickly, already weighing 25 pounds, and actively follows his mother around.