An adorable baby hippo has been saved from certain death after it was trapped in a thick mud pool on its own for several days.

The hippo, called Humpty, found herself stranded in a fast-drying swamp of mud and was surrounded by flailing catfish after being abandoned by her mother.

But she was eventually spotted in the depths of the remote Kiunga Forest in Kenya and was thankfully rescued by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

She was found dehydrated, severely sunburnt and barely able to move and the miniature calf would have been certain to die if the rescuers did not save her. After being discovered, a Kenya Wildlife Service Vet was also on hand to pull Humpty to safety.

Using a huge net, rescuers waded into the stodgy, knee-deep mud, where they could heave the baby hippo out of its clutches. They eventually managed to get her out to the safety of the DSWT Field HQ rehabilitation clinic, in Kaluku.

A spokesperson from the DSWT, said: 'The baby hippo had been observed for a few days to ascertain that it was, in fact, an orphan.

'Given the remoteness and inaccessibility of the area, rescuing Humpty certainly presented a challenge. 'But a challenge we had to rise to, as, without intervention, it was evident she was going to die.

'Thankfully, the rescue was a seamless success and we were able to extract Humpty by helicopter without a hitch.'


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