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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes first baby hippo in 32 years – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-07-21 14:05:56 –

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Colorado Springs, Colorado — Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is welcoming a new baby hippopotamus for the first time in 32 years.

The zoo said on Tuesday that the 28-year-old Nile Kabasambezi welcomed her first calf. At 1:57 pm, the baby hippopotamus jumped out of the water, shook up and down, swam directly above and met his mother.

  • Nile Kabasambezi and her newborn / courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Nile Kabasambezi and her newborn / courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

As long as the situation for Zambezi and her baby is on track, the hippo buildings are open and guests can quickly visit them at Waters Edge: Africa. If Zambezi or the baby shows signs of needing more quiet time, the zoo will temporarily close the area.

So far, mom and baby seem to be healthy and tightly bound. Staff will continue to monitor the two hippos on a regular basis and will not separate the mother and baby for the exam unless they deem it medically necessary.

The £ 3,200 Zambezi came to Colorado Springs from Denver Zoo in 1993. In June 2020, Biko, a long-legged male Nile hippo, now 18 years old, joined the herd on a breeding recommendation with Zambezi and her sister Kasai. .. Bico and Zambezi quickly shined each other. Zoo staff succeeded in the first breeding in November. The baby was born eight months later. This is the normal term pregnancy of the Nile hippopotamus.

Zambezi River Birth Video:

A normal newborn hippopotamus weighs 40-80 pounds and the calf appears to be in that range. Since there are no immediate plans to physically check the baby, its gender may not be known for some time. The zoo follows the tradition of the zoo and plans to name the baby after its one-month birthday.

This baby is the fourth member of the zoo’s herd of hippos and the fourth baby born in Waters Edge: Africa since April. On April 26th, the ring-tailed lemur Rogue welcomed his first baby. July 11, Rogue’s sister, Allagash, I gave birth to twins.. The zoo said all first-time mothers and their descendants are doing well.

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