Baby pygmy hippopotamus moves to public display at Richmond Zoo.

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) — A pygmy hippo born earlier this month at the Richmond Metro Zoo can now be spotted by the public.

“The indoor pool has viewing windows and guests can now see mom and baby at the zoo every day,” the zoo said Friday. “The iris and her baby will stay in the area until the baby is big enough to navigate the environment.”

The zoo says the baby, born on December 6, went swimming for the first time this week.

The name of the little pygmy has not yet been given.
The name of the little pygmy has not yet been given.(Photo: Metro Richmond Zoo)

“Iris showed her child the new location and then demonstrated how to enter the pool,” the zoo said in a statement on Friday. “The child carefully followed his mother into the water. As usual, but remarkable nonetheless, the calf’s natural instincts kicked in and immediately began to swim.”

The baby has not yet been named.

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