Pygmy hippopotamus calf now on display at Omaha zoo

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Posted: Dec 22, 2015 4:00 PM
Pygmy hippopotamus calf now on display at Omaha zoo

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska zoo is welcoming a new addition: a pygmy hippopotamus calf named Mabel.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1V0sWmL ) that the nearly 3-month-old calf is now on display at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha.

Pygmy hippos are native to swamps and rain forests in western Africa. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as endangered.

Named by her keepers, Mabel is in the Lied Jungle portion of the zoo with her mother, Chomel, who came from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Her father, Scooby, was born in the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.

Mabel now weighs 76 pounds, up from 19 pounds when she was born on Oct. 1. She will blossom to between 350 and 600 pounds when fully grown.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com