Dallas Zoo is thrilled to announce that it bought fairly a deal with the day earlier than Halloween… with the arrival of a much-anticipated child hippopotamus to your Dallas Zoo household!

Boipelo gave start to a wholesome hippo calf on Sunday, Oct. 30 round 5:30 p.m. Each mother and child are doing properly and have been bonding behind the scenes, whereas dad Gus and half-sister Adanna spend time on habitat.

The animal workforce had been intently monitoring Boipelo for a number of weeks as her start window neared. Indicators of labor began mid-afternoon that Sunday, and the workforce used cameras within the barn to maintain tabs on Boipelo’s progress whereas permitting her to ship the calf privately. Her labor progressed rapidly and easily, because the workforce cheered Boipelo on from a distance.

The calf emerged robust and instantly got here up for a breath of air, after which was swimming and energetic whereas mother watched on attentively. The baby was noticed nursing inside an hour of start, and mother and child spent the remainder of that first night time mendacity shut collectively of their pool behind the scenes.

They’re nonetheless a number of weeks away from the baby debuting on habitat, so within the meantime, maintain a watch out on social for all of the updates on mother and child and the remainder of Dallas’s hippo bloat!

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