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Baby hippo takes its first swim

Baby hippo takes its first swim
Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 00:24:23-04

The Metro Richmond (Va.) Zoo released a video of the facility's newest addition making her first swim.

And she couldn't be cuter.

The zoo says the female baby pygmy hippo's swim came last week. The zoo said the female calf was born on July 26.

She's the first pygmy hippo to be born at the zoo -- and also the first to be born in the state of Virginia.

Pygmy hippos are rare and endangered.

Their survival is more certain in zoological parks.

That's one of the reasons the calf's arrival this summer was so important and special.