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Baby Pygmy Hippo makes a splash!

18 June 2015

The baby Pygmy Hippo has made his first splash on display at Melbourne Zoo under the watchful eye of his mum, Petre.

The 3-week old calf has been named Obi by Keepers, which means 'heart' in Igbo, a local Nigerian language.

Obi has grown quickly from his birth weight of around 5 kilos, putting on roughly 500 grams a day and now weighs over 13 kilos.  He has been leaning to swim in the nursery yard pool and passed with flying colours.

Today marked an important milestone for Obi as he ventured into the deeper water of the exhibit. Wild Sea Manager, Justin Valentine said 'he loves the water and spends hours in the small pool, so he is ready for the next step.'

Mum Petre has been an excellent and attentive mother, helping him with his swimming and ensuring he never strays too far.

Pygmy Hippos are classified as endangered in the wild, however, due to their dense rainforest habitat their exact population size is unknown.

Obi and Petre will be on display at various times throughout the day but keepers have asked for visitor's patience as times will vary due to Obi needing to rest.