Weighing in at just 13 pounds at birth barely a month ago, Olivia, the pygmy hippopotamus is now thriving and looks like the "little Michelin Man" reports the Swedish Aftonbladet.com. Translated into English, the baby hippo has been called the "cutest little fatty you can imagine."
Although the pygmy hippopotamus may just seem like a mini version of the huge hippopotamus (also known as the river or common hippopotamus), the animals differ in their behavior. Whereas their larger relatives are quite gregarious, the pygmy version tends to live alone and isolated. The larger variety spends more time in the water, have eyes on top of their heads and have webbed feet as opposed to their pygmy counterparts.
According to Newsweek.com, however Olivia's future grownup teeth will rival those of her larger relatives, and according to zoologist Jennie West Anderson, Olivia will have "some of the biggest teeth in town."
In Sweden's Parken Zoo, little Olivia is the proud offspring of Anton and Eskilstuna serving as part of an international breeding program. According to the World Conservation Union, there are fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos remaining in the world. Olivia will remain with her mother for the next two-and-a-half-years, and then will be transferred to another facility for a selective breeding program.
The pygmy version of common hippos only grow to half the size and one-fourth the weight; ranging from 350 to 600 pounds at adulthood. Pretty cute though, don't you think?
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