PRAGUE — A uncommon male pygmy hippopotamus born in a Czech zoo debuted his first photoshoot on Monday to the delight of spectators. He’s thought-about a useful addition to the conservation efforts of the endangered species.
Born in December, the hippo was named Mikolas and has joined two feminine and one male pygmy hippos within the Dvur Kralove Zoo situated 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) east of Prague, stated Helena Hubackova, a spokeswoman for the park.
Mikolas could possibly be seen exploring his indoor enclosure together with his mother Malaya carefully watching over.
Pygmy hippos are native to swamps and rainforests in western Africa. It’s estimated solely about 2,500 nonetheless stay within the wild.
Their breeding in captivity has been difficult, significantly because of a scarcity of males. Solely a dozen pygmy hippos had been born in zoos globally final 12 months, and never all survived.
Weighing as much as 275 kilograms (practically 600 kilos), the pygmy hippos are solitary and regarded much less harmful than widespread hippos. However they will get wild at instances. A zookeeper in Dvur Kralove was significantly injured by one in 2012 and needed to be handled at an intensive care unit.