New footage shot last month captures a baby hippopotamus jumping out of the water like a dolphin.

Six-month-old Pansy is seen in her enclosure at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria, Australia, ducking and diving in a shallow pond with her mother close by.

At first she takes a run-up and fully submerges her body, before leaping up in the air and blowing water through her nostrils at the same time.

After performing a few high-powered jumps, the infant hippo takes to the riverbank for a rest.

In deep water hippos are known to perform porpoise-like leaps off the bottom in a bid to move around, so perhaps young Pansy was getting some practice in.

She is the youngest calf at Werribee Open Range Zoo and was born on November 18, 2013. Her mother, Brindabella, is 24 years old, with the hippo's average life span being 40 to 50 years.

The pair are currently on display to the public, along with three other female hippos named Primrose, Tulip and Lotus. National Geographic notes that hippos love water, which is why the Greeks named them the 'river horse.'


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