Harry the hungry hippo gives his happy handler a loving lick
This 6-day-old pygmy hippo calf is living the good life with his handlers at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa. According to The Daily Mail, the calf was rejected by his mother, Hilda, after being born last Thursday and now receives round-the-clock care from staff.
Harry is breaking hearts and living like royalty in a special suite, which is no surprise considering his namesake.
“We knew we wanted to call him something beginning with H and it suddenly struck us to name him Harry after the prince,” Rob Hall, the reserve’s manager, told The Daily Mail. “Our team here loves Prince Harry as he shows true grit and is passionate about Africa. Our little guy is already proving he's made of similar stuff and is determined to make the most of life.”
The calf’s birth was a cause for celebration at the center since pygmy hippos are a critically endangered species, with fewer than 3,000 left in the wild.
This was posted by TODAY.com writer and producer Lisa Granshaw. She never realized hippos could be so cute until Harry entered her life.
The Cango Wildlife Ranch said the arrival of Harry was a massive boost to his species, which has been declared critically endangered after experts warned there were fewer than 3,000 left in the wild.
The centre specialises in the breeding of endangered species, including cheetahs, tigers and crocodiles.
Pygmy hippos are nocturnal animals who live largely underwater and wait until nightfall before emerging to eat leaves and grass.(Source1,Source2)