Keepers Provide Critical Care for Baby Hippo Born 6 Weeks Early

The animal care team at the Cincinnati Zoo is providing around the clock care for a hippo born 6 weeks early.
The animal care team at the Cincinnati Zoo is providing around the clock care for a hippo born 6 weeks early.

The animal care team at the Cincinnati Zoo is providing critical care to a female Nile hippo who was born Tuesday, but wasn’t expected until March. The calf was just 29 pounds — about 25 pounds less than the lowest recorded birth weight for her species. “We are giving her fluids and keeping her moist and warm,” said the zoo’s Christina Gorsuch. “Her little system is underdeveloped, and getting her to a healthy weight will be a challenge. Vets and animal staff are doing everything they can to get her through this critical time.” The baby is drinking a combination of her 17-year-old mom Bibi’s milk and other supplements from a bottle. The team is hoping to get her strong enough to stand and be reunited with her mom. — Read it from the Cincinnati Zoo


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