A world with no hippos would be a sadder, poorer world indeed.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says a prematurely born baby hippo is making progress toward standing on her own.
The zoo says the calf born early Tuesday is starting to support her weight for a few seconds at a time.
Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said Saturday the hippo has gained almost 4 pounds since birth but is still about 20 pounds under the low end of a normal birth weight of 55 to 120 pounds for a Nile hippo.
Curley says the hippo continues to receive 24-hour-a-day care including exercises to help strengthen her muscles.
The zoo says 17-year-old Bibi gave birth six weeks early to the first Nile hippo born there in 75 years.
Hippos are vulnerable or even endangered. They are hunted for their meat and for the ivory in their teeth.
Save the hippos!
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