One endangered hippopotamus has finally gotten her happy ending after having two stillbirths in two years.
Cleopatra, a pygmy hippopotamus, resides at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA. Sadly, in both 2018 and 2019, she gave birth to stillborn calves due to “prolonged labor,” according to Fox 35 Orlando. This year, though, the vet team tried to induce her labor, eventually delivering her new baby by hand.
Now, Cleo is the proud mama of a healthy baby boy who weighed 13 pounds at birth!
Cleo and her little one are spending precious time bonding together away from the eyes of the zoo’s guests, and this cute little guy has continued to grow bigger and stronger every day.
Pygmy hippos are native to West Africa and have seen their numbers drastically shrinking due to human activity destroying their habitat. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 2,500 left in the wild, and zoos have been crucial in maintaining the survival of the species.
We’re so glad that Cleo and her baby have found health and happiness together!