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    Baby pygmy hippo makes his debut


    by ODN


    A male pygmy hippopotamus has been shown to the public for the first time at Poland's Wroclaw Zoo.

    The young male hippo was born two weeks ago and now weighs 5kg (11lb). It could eventually grow to reach a weight of 375kg (825lb).

    The baby hippo's name has yet to be revealed, but its mother is called Elpunia and its father's name is Carlos.

    Female hippos are more numerous than males, and so the birth of a male is a significant event.

    Miroslaw Piasecki of Wroclaw Zoo said that only four pygmy hippo cubs have been born in European zoos this year and all of them were female.

    The Pygmy Hippopotamus is native to the forests and swamps of western Africa, mostly in Liberia. Due to shrinking of its habitat as well as hunting and poaching, it has become an endangered species. It is estimated that there are only 3,000 left in the wild.