Baby Pygmy Hippo Takes Its First Swim At An Australian Zoo

Jun 24, 2015 By Stacey Leigh

Ready for a dose of adorable? You've come to the right place. Meet Obi, the pygmy hippopotamus baby who just graduated his swimming lessons and is ready to show off his new paddling skills at Australia's Melbourne Zoo. 

He's only 3-weeks-old, but he has already figured out his basic hippo-paddle.

He was born to Petre and Felix, Melbourne Zoo's hottest hippo couple.

The zoo's sea manager, Justin Valentine, was confident about Obi's precocious water skills: "He loves the water and spends hours in the small pool, so he is ready for the next step."

But the little hippo doesn't overdo it. “He’s ... little so about 10 to 15 minutes and he’s a bit tired and he has to take a break. And then he’s back into it right away,” Valentine added.

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Obi's parents are always close at hand to supervise their son's pool playtime.

Obi's name means "heart" in the Nigerian language Igbo.

A fitting name, since this little guy has definitely stolen our hearts already.

When Obi grows up, he'll be part of an international breeding program, similar to his parents.

Hopefully, he'll steal a female pygmy hippo's heart too and give his own offspring little hippo swimming lessons.

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Because of the depletion of the dense rainforests that pygmy hippos call home, their species is now endangered.

You've got some big responsibilities, little Obi. But for now, enjoy your first summer at the pool.

Check out Obi in action here:

Via: Melbourne Zoo

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