Pygmy hippo born at Montgomery Zoo

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Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A pygmy hippopotamus has been born at the Montgomery Zoo.

The zoo this week announced the arrival of the calf born. Aug. 4. The calf was born to first time parents, mom, Asali, and dad, Mikey.

Asali gave birth to twins, but the zoo said the other calf lived only two days because of a condition that made it unable to nurse.

The zoo said mom and baby will be housed in a temporary habitat located in the South America realm of the Zoo, near the flamingos, until the calf is about a year old.

The pygmy hippopotamus is a large mammal native to the forests and swamps of western Africa.

The species is considered endangered in the wild.

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