If you needed a little pick-me-up on your Tuesday afternoon, here it is. Kindia, a 12-year-old pygmy hippopotamus, just gave birth to a calf this past Friday at The Toronto Zoo in Toronto, Canada.
We are excited to announce that Kindia, a 12- year-old female pygmy hippopotamus, gave birth to a female calf on Friday, August 10 at 10:52 pm ? Details: https://t.co/qBaYKLV6rm #BabyPygmyDiaries pic.twitter.com/sNeBlLaGhh
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) August 21, 2018
This is the first pygmy hippo to be born since 1999, and is extremely important for their conservation, as these creatures are currently on the endangered species list with only 2,000 to 3,000 left in the wild.
While the calf appears to be very healthy (and adorable), the first 30 days are critical for both the mom and her calf. The Toronto Zoo’s Wildlife Care staff will closely monitor Kindia and her calf in the maternity area, not available or visible to the public.