Baby hippo born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes August the baby hippo to the family.

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Walt Disney World Resort has announced that Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed a baby Nile hippopotamus, born in the park on 13 January.

They say that approximately a dozen guests can enjoy a magical moment in the park’s Kilimanjaro Safari attraction, as they were the first to learn that the hippo calf is a boy with the name August.

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August, with a weight of around 168 pounds, is the first hippo born at the park in 13 years. The park says that he is often seen as a stay in the near of his mother, Tuma, and al is the win of the guests with his playful nature.

Walt Disney World Resorts says that the birth of August marks a success for the dedicated and well-trained team of animal care experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The nile Hippos are a vulnerable species with a declining population, so this is an important contribution to the global conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures.

Augustus’ parents, Tuma and Henry, were allegedly chosen for the breed by the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is operated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SVP provides for responsible breeding, so that there is a healthy and diverse animal populations for the coming years.

This article originally appeared on Fox 35.

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