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Up Close And Very Personal With The Pygmy Hippopotamus
Facts About The Pygmy Hippopotamus
To keep their skin moisturized and their body temperature cool, the pygmy hippopotamus spends most of its time submerged in water, thus giving rise to the name river hippopotamus
They feed on ferns, broad leaved plants, grasses and fruits found in the forests
There are major concerns that the pygmy hippopotamus is headed for extinction as there are less than 3000 living in the wild.Zoos however have managed to be able to breed them which is a such a help in the preservation of the species
Land reclamation, deforestation and the progress on civilization encroaching into their natural habitat are the major reasons for the decline in numbers along with poaching, hunting,natural predators and waring communities.
The male pygmy hippo is known as a bull, the female as a cow and the baby hippo as a calf
Pygmy Hippopotamus Pair At The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
Research over the past years has identified that the species are related to Whales and Dolphins having an ancestor way back that was semi-aquatic
The animal has short stubby legs with 4 toes on each foot, their bodies are quite rotund and chunky. Being 1/4 of the weight of their cousin the hippopotamus they are also only 1/2 as tall
In captivity they are known to live from between 30 to 55 years.
The pygmy hippo has unusual sweat giving it a pink tinge; almost like watered down blood. This, however is actually an antiseptic fluid that also acts a s a sunscreen.The hippo's skin tends to dry out quickly and crack
Their strong muscular ears and nostrils close over to avoid water getting in when they are submerged under water.
Pygmy Hippo Submerged
They live either alone or in very small groups
Rather than fight, the pygmy hippo will ignore the other animal
They will usually rest a few days before moving on to other areas to forage for food
They feed at dusk and forage for around 6 hours
The Gestation period usually ranges from 190-210 days and 1 calf is usually born though twin births have been recorded
Both mating and birthing can take place in and out of water, the common hippo only mating and birthing in water.The baby hippo can swim almost immediately
The baby hippo calf is weaned between 6 and 8 months of age prior to weaning will hide submerged while its mother forages for food
Just like a pig the baby hippo calf suckles with its mother lying on her side
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