Premature baby hippo fights for survival in Cincinnati Zoo

Staff hand-nurse female calf of mom Bibi and daddy Henry after it was born around 6 weeks early and well listed below regular birth weight

Premature baby hippo fights for survival in Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo personnel have actually started 24-hour crucial take care of a child hippo that was born around 6 weeks early.

The zoo stated 17-year-old Bibi delivered early on Tuesday to the very first Nile hippo born there in 75 years.

The female calf had actually not been anticipated up until March and at just 29lb (13kg) it fell well listed below the typical variety of birth weight of 55 to 120lb, the zoo stated. It was not able to stand to nurse.

Mammals manager Christina Gorsuch stated personnel were offering the calf fluids and keeping it warm and damp.

Keepers gathered milk from the mom and Gorsuch stated they wanted to get the newborn to consume it, in addition to other supplements from a bottle.

The zoo stated veterinarians and animal care personnel were supplying day-and-night look after the child of Bibi. The dad is 35 years of ages and called Henry.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/25/premature-baby-hippo-fights-for-survival-in-cincinatti-zoo