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Baby Pygmy hippo stays close to mum as she takes her first steps

Published Friday, Dec 27 2013, 08:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
This baby Pygmy hippopotamus made sure she stayed close to her mum as she attempted her first steps.

The cute grey calf was born at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester in Hampshire, to proud parents Wendy, 18, and Nato, 34, last week.

Pygmy hippo calf born at Marwell Zoo, Hampshire, Britain - 19 Dec 2013

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Despite only being five days old and not having a name yet, the baby seemed desperate to explore her home as she stood on her own four legs for the first time.

But after managing a few little steps, it all got a bit much for the hippo and she sat back down in her straw bed for a rest. Aww!

The Pygmy hippopotamus is native to rivers and swamps in dense forests in western Africa. They are smaller than their hippopotamus cousins.

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