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Newborn pygmy hippopotamus unveiled at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 9:34 AM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 09:34:35-04

The San Diego Zoo has welcomed a new baby; a newborn pygmy hippo.

4-year-old pygmy hippopotamus, Mable, gave birth to her first calf back on April 9 and the zoo is now showing him off.

It's the first successful pygmy hippo birth at the zoo in more than 30 years.

The zoo says mom and calf are doing well as the baby hippo is already surpassing milestones, including the ability to go underwater.

It will be approximately a month before Mabel and her calf, who now weighs 25 pounds, will have access to the main habitat.

Pygmy hippos are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature with fewer than 2,500 remaining in Africa.