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 crew 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 crew used cameras within the barn to maintain tabs on Boipelo’s progress whereas permitting her to ship the calf privately. Her labor progressed shortly and easily, because the crew 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 toddler was noticed nursing inside an hour of start, and mother and child spent the remainder of that first evening mendacity shut collectively of their pool behind the scenes.

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

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