Newborn endangered pygmy hippo is seen in public for the first time

On March 17th in Sydney Australia, a shy new resident followed her mother into their new home, the Taronga Zoo.

The currently unnamed pygmy hippo appears to be settling in nicely and loves to go for swims with her mother, Kambiri. Born on February 21st, the calf is the first pygmy hippo to be born at the Taronga Zoo since 2010. Newborns of this species weigh in at just 10 to 14 lbs, about the size of a small dog or cat! These adorable cousins to the hippo are nocturnal and very secretive so most of what we know about them has been learned by studying them in captivity. The pygmy hippo is not considered aggressive but can be very territorial when it comes to their enclosure.

Unfortunately the pygmy hippo is endangered with an estimated 2-3,000 remaining in the wild. The majority of the species can be found in Liberia, while smaller groups can be found in Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Dwindling numbers can be attributed to the destruction of their natural habitat for logging and over-hunting for meat.

Check out the adorable newborn below:

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Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, swims with her mother Kambiri as she goes on public display for the first time in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, swims with her mother Kambiri as she goes on public display for the first time in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, splashes into a pond as she goes on public display for the first time in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, goes on public display for the first time in alongside her mother Kambiri in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, swims alongside her mother Kambiri as she goes on public display for the first time in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, swims underwater as she goes on public display for the first time in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Taronga Zoo's yet-unnamed Pygmy Hippo calf, born on February 21, goes on public display for the first time in alongside her mother Kambiri in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo submerges from under water at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo emerges from her enclosure Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Taronga's yet to be named baby Pygmy Hippo on display for the first time swims with her mother Kambiri at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Taronga's yet to be named Pygmy Hippo enters the water on display for the first time at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo emerges from her enclosure Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo goes for a swim at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo swims near her mother 'Kambiri', at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo swims near her mother 'Kambiri', at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Taronga's yet to be named Pygmy Hippo on display for the first time swims at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A baby pygmy hippo follows her mother 'Kambiri' out of their enclosure at Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Born on 21 February 2017, the calf is the first Pygmy Hippo born at Taronga since 2010. With less than 3000 remaining in the wild, Pygmy Hippos are an endangered species. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
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