Endangered Baby Pygmy Hippo Takes First Public Swim In Australia’s Zoo

Meet Obi, a three-week-old pygmy hippopotamus that just found out how to swim. Birthed to hippo mum Petre and daddy Felix 3 weeks earlier at the Melbourne Zoo, Obi means “heart” in Igbo, a Nigerian language.

He is part of an worldwide breeding program and will be marked to breed somewhere else with another female upon maturity.

“He loves the water and invests hours in the small swimming pool, so he is ready for the following step,” claimed sea manager Justin Valentine. However “he’s just little so about 10 to 15 minutes and he’s a bit tired and he has to relax. And then he’s back into it immediately,” he added.

Pygmy hippos are endangered, although it’s difficult to know their exact numbers due to their dense rain-forest habitat.