Editor’s Note: This story originally published on Jan. 17, 2018. An update was added on Feb. 23, 2018.
The cutest little nugget of a hippo was born this January at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida at Walt Disney World, and I am picking my jaw off the floor.
The Nile hippo loves its mama, Tuma, and apparently isn’t leaving her side, so the park didn’t know its weight or gender for awhile. Somewhere between 60 and 110 pounds would be normal, Scott Terrell said on the Disney Parks blog.
Meet Augustus: the new baby hippo
In February, however, the park revealed the gender on its social-media accounts. The baby hippo is a boy named Augustus.
“The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population,” he said.
Tuma and another hippo, Henry, were bred under the supervision of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This hippo was the first in 13 years to be born at the park.
“This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures,” Terrell said.
Tuma and the baby are currently chillin’ on Kilimangaro Safaris in the Animal Kingdom. Check them out at the Wild Africa Trek Experience.