Pictures Of A Newborn Pygmy Hippo Will Melt Your Heart!

This cutie pie was born on Boxing Day!

On Boxing Day, this baby pygmy hippo entered the world.

 
The calf only weighed just 7kg when it was born at the ZSL whispsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.
The male calf weighed just 7kg when it born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.
Look at his tiny ears!

Zookeepers were particularly proud of the mother, Flora, as she had been battling cancer.

His Mother Florida has been battling cancer, but has “responded fantastically” to treatment, the zoo said.
Flora had been living with a tumour in her mouth but "responded fantastically" to treatment, the zoo said.
“Flora’s calf was due on Christmas Day, but the little one kept us waiting until the evening of Boxing Day,” Steve White Senior Zoo Keeper said.
Senior keeper Steve White said: “Flora’s calf was due on Christmas Day, but the little one kept us waiting until the evening of Boxing Day."

"We knew Flora must be going into labour because she went off her food – which never happens."

“We know Flora must be going into labour because she went off her food–which never happens.”
 

White revealed that Flora went into labour for six hours before giving birth to the healthy, as yet unnamed, male calf.

“Since his birth, the baby hippo has been happily waddling around and seems to love spending time in water,” he added.

 

"Since then, the baby hippo has been happily waddling around and seems to love spending time in water," he added.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
“On his first weigh-in, he was so slippery it was like picking up a big bar of soap.”

The zoo said Flora would now be retired from breeding after contributing three calves to the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme.

The Boxing Day calf has been heralded as a welcome addition as there is a shortage of male hippos in the programme.