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Published on Feb 15, 2014
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 3-year-old male, Adhama, and 10-year-old female, Mara, were introduced to each for the first time in the same habitat, and the results were nothing short of animal magnetism.
Mara, who is from the Topeka Zoo, arrived at the Los Angeles Zoo on December 16, 2013 with the hope of being a potential companion for Adhama. Upon arrival she lived in an adjoining habitat that allowed the two hippos visual access to each other until they were ready for an introduction. Zookeepers also switched the hippo's habitats on occasion, so they could get used to each other's scents in their environment.
While Mara and Adhama aren't considered a breeding pair, the hippos are proving that sometimes love comes in many forms. And, this relationship looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Zoo guests can now enjoy viewing Adhama and Mara in their habitat as they get better acquainted.