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Baby pygmy hippo is new zoo star

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This week ZSL Whipsnade Zoo introduced their newest star – calf pygmy hippopotamus Sapo.

The nervous calf followed his mum around their enclosure before she tried to persuade him to go for a swim. Three-month-old Sapo seemed unenthusiastic and it took him an hour before he finally got into the water, encouraged by a nudge from his mother. Once he was in, he seemed quite happy to paddle about, as well as giving his mummy some kisses before they waddled off together into the sunset. We. Can’t. Cope.

Above: Whipsnade's newest star makes his appearance

Above: Mum Flora led a reluctant Sapo to the water for his first swim

Above: "It's lovely once you're in"

Above: The mother and child share a kiss

Above: Sapo plays hide and seek with his public

Above: Happy, happy hippos...

And because we’ve decided that baby pygmy hippos are the cutest creatures ever (this week anyway), here’s a clip of another one from 2008...

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