Baby Pygmy Hippo In Texas Is Splashing Up Attention

Kelli Wiese
April 18, 2019 - 1:33 pm
baby pygmy hippo

Courtesy: Gladys Porter Zoo


DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A five-month-old baby pygmy hippo has yet to be named at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.

Her mother, Clover, closely watches over her. Her father, Juanito, keeps an eye on the baby, too.

Walter Dupree is the curator of mammals at the Glady Porter Zoo. He says, "The baby arrived on Halloween. This is about the seventh baby we've had from this pair."

He says the pygmy hippo only weighs up to 600 pounds as an adult.

Their status in the wild is declining. Dupree says, "They are only found in Western Africa and they are primarily found in Liberia. In captivity, there are only about 90 left. So, all of the births we have are significant." Dupree says the public loves them. "They look like over-inflated gray footballs. The baby follows her mom."