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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 12:26 AM

Highway to the cuddle zone: Harry the baby pygmy hippo



Meet Harry the hippo, a baby pygmy so small the average person could carry him around with ease.

Harry, named after Britain's Prince Harry, was born last week at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa, the Star reports. His handlers are being forced to hand-rear Harry after his mother Hilda refused to feed him. Keeping Harry healthy is a priority, as there are only an estimated 3,000 pygmy hippos left in the wild.

"Pygmy hippo mothers are either great moms or silly moms. She unfortunately has lost a few of her babies after she squashed them," Rob Hall, operations director at the ranch, told the Star.

Harry's handlers are certainly earning their pay, feeding him a mixture of milk and water every three hours, then bathing him after each feeding. "You need to keep his skin moist," Hall said.


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/harry-baby-pgymy-hippo-wows-adorable-pics-205210883.html

How cute is this little guy? LOL. More pix at link.

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Reply Highway to the cuddle zone: Harry the baby pygmy hippo (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 OP
Tripod Apr 2012 #1
marzipanni Apr 2012 #2
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2012 #5
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #9
Angry Dragon Apr 2012 #3
Kali Apr 2012 #4
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #8
OnyxCollie Apr 2012 #6
starroute Apr 2012 #7
geardaddy Apr 2012 #11
benld74 Apr 2012 #10
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #12

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 01:39 AM

1. K&R, great!

He is smaller then my Moms dog. LOL!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 01:40 AM

2. Harry's Very cute! Here's another cute pygmy hippo baby taking her first swim-

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Response to marzipanni (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 11:10 AM

5. AGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! The CUTENESSSSSS!!!!!!!

That nose! That tum-tum! That widdle round butt! Those feetsies!

I'm SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEING to pieces!

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 04:37 PM

9. You are so right! Love this!

They don't even look real, they are so small and cute!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 03:44 AM

3. keep LynneSin away from Harry

she will just want to put him in her petting zoo

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 10:17 AM

4. I realize these are rare wild animals but

as someone who makes a living from animals I just have to say - if I have a cow that is a "silly" mother and won't raise a calf on her own, she goes down the road. Not only is she an economic problem, but who wants to keep a trait like shitty mothering in a herd?

My question would be something to the effect of are they planning to keep that animal in a breeding herd?


oh, obligatory SQEEEEE!!! (I'm not heartless!)

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Response to Kali (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 03:02 PM

8. I imagine that they're just trying for a few more, since they're so rare.

They probably aren't too fussy how they get them and it sure looks like he's getting great care. Hell, I'd volunteer to give him baths, wouldn't have to spend ages drying him like I do my dog - and he'd actually enjoy it!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 11:38 AM

6. Oh. My. Goodness!

 

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 12:20 PM

7. Those pictures and a lot more can be found at Zooborns

http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/

The photos are formatted in a way that seems to prevent hot-linking, but check out the baby aardvark at http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012/03/second-baby-aardvark-for-busch-gardens.html and the burrowing owlets at http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012/03/burrowing-owlets-roost-in-teacups.html

There are more pictures of Harry the hippo at http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012/03/south-africa-welcomes-prince-harry-a-brand-new-pygmy-hippo.html

And if you keep going back to older stories, the cuteness never lets up.

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Response to starroute (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 05:02 PM

11. Uh-oh. That site is dangerously addictive.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 04:42 PM

10. He playing 'Got Your Nose"!

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Response to benld74 (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 08:20 PM

12. So he is, LOL! I'll have to find a pic where it's the other way around...

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