"Harry the pygmy hippo fares well despite mother's rejection.
A rare pygmy hippopotamus named after Prince Harry is being cared for at a wildlife centre after being rejected by his mother at birth. One of only 16 of his species in South Africa, Harry needs round-the-clock care. There are an estimated 3,000 pygmy hippos in the wild, mainly in western Africa."
"In the early hours of Thursday morning (22 March 2012), we welcomed a new little fresh-faced baby onto the ranch. Hilda and Herbert, our pygmy hippopotamus pair had successfully mated and gifted the ranch with a beautiful 5.1kg healthy baby boy.... named Harry.
Hilda's water broke on Wednesday afternoon, creating much excitement and anticipation on the ranch. Our Director, Rob Hall, and our Reptile Curator, Neal Martin monitored Hilda throughout Wednesday night...quietly watching her from a safe distance. After a long and uncomfortable night Rob and Neal dozed off just after 5h30 and awoke just less than an hour later, only to discover that Hilda had just given birth!
Based on history, Hilda has not got the best track record when it comes to her 'motherly skills' - she could be a great mom, however, she unfortunately lacks the skill of feeding her babies. We monitored the mother and calf, and after 5 hours of no feeding, the decision was made to pull the calf from its mom in the hopes of his survival. Harry is now being hand-reared by our very loving curator and care-taker, Toni Inggs. Hilda's delayed birth raised much concern, but we are proud to announce that both mom and baby are doing exceptionally well! Giving birth can take quite a lot out of any animal, therefore we have placed Hilda is on a special diet which is rich in nutrients and just plain yummy! Harry is currently on cows milk/colostrum (first milk) which is vitally important as it contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease, as well as being lower in fat and higher in protein than ordinary milk.
But...what makes this story so extraordinary, is the fact the the Pygmy hippopotamus species is currently critically endangered! There are less than 3000 left in the wild! So for Cango Wildlife Ranch to successfully breed another critically endangered specie...is a very proud moment for all involved
Both mom and baby are healthy and happy and we are ecstatic with the new addition to the Cango Wildlife Ranch family.
PS, Harry was named after Prince Harry, due to his love for animals and recent trip to Africa."