Itty Bitty Baby Pygmy Hippo Living The Good Life

03/30/2012

What better way to start your day than with a photo of a teeny tiny, Itty bitty baby pygmy hippo... also in a bathtub!?! You're welcome.

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Shut the front door! Could this little dude be any cuter? Honestly.

After being rejected by his mother (how is this possible with a face like that?!) an adorable 6-day-old pygmy hippo calf named Harry is living the good life with his handlers at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa.

According to The Daily Mail, the calf was rejected by his mother, Hilda, after being born last Thursday and now receives round-the-clock care from staff. Living like royalty in a special suite, he was annointed "Harry" as a nod to the royals who live a similarly charmed life.

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“We knew we wanted to call him something beginning with H and it suddenly struck us to name him Harry after the prince,” Rob Hall, the reserve’s manager, told The Daily Mail.

Little Harry's birth was a cause for celebration at the center since pygmy hippos are a critically endangered species, with fewer than 3,000 left in the wild.

Photos courtesy of the Cango Wildlife Ranch.

[Related: A hippo with a caffeine addiction? Meet Jessica.]

 


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