Hip Hip Hooray: Rare Baby Pygmy Hippo Is Too Cute for Words

Watch out Fiona — there's a new baby hippo on the scene and he (or she!) has totally stolen our hearts.

Zookeepers at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida, welcomed a rare pygmy hippo calf on December 1 — an early Christmas present. The 9-pound pygmy package is mom Zsa Zsa's fourth. Lowry Park Zoo is planning a gender reveal for the newborn calf where they will also probably announce its name. Do you think it's a boy or a girl?

The reason for all the excitement? The pygmy hippopotamus is endangered, and this newborn calf is one of 32 pygmy hippos in the zoo's Species Survival Program. “Pygmy hippos are elusive and extremely rare in the wild, with only a few thousand thought to be left in the world,” Chris Massaro, Lowry Park Zoo's general curator said in a news release. “We’re one of only 13 zoos in the United States to care for this unique species, so this birth is especially important for us, and the entire Pygmy hippo population.”

Keep scrolling to see more cute photos of mom and baby.

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