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Baby Hippo

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Jade wong

on 28 September 2015

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BABY HIPPO
-Hippos love water
-Native to Africa
-Can grow up to 10-16 feet long
-Can be as tall as 5 feet
-Weigh up to 3,000-9,000 lbs
-Very aggressive animals
-Large teeth for defending themselves
-Large and bulky with stumpy legs and four toes
-Grayish brown and almost completely hairless

Habitat
-The large hippos are found in East Africa
-The Pygmy Hippos are found in West Africa
-Their habitat includes lots of water like a lake or a river.
-They spend about 16 hours in the water

Zoo Habitat
-Some important elements in a hippo habitat is a small lake or a river.
-If I were to make a hippo habitat I would create a deep large lake so the hippo can wade in the water.
-I would also have lots of long grass to surround the area
-A man made cave is also needed to keep the hippo cool outside of the water
Zoo Diet
-A hippo grazes on grass throughout the day and do not eat meat
-They graze for 5 hours covering about two miles of grass
-Each night they find a new spot to graze
Directions for Zoo Keepers
-When the hippo wakes up, make sure it goes into the water
-At night, feed the hippos grass and vegetables
Veterinary Care
-For a long time it was impossible to anesthetist a hippo because of the hippo's thick skin, something in the drug made it have trouble breathing
-Anesthetic is key to veterinary care on a hippo, anesthetic is needed for almost every procedure
-Luckily modern medicine has created an anesthetic called Butorphanol
-To transport a hippo somewhere you must first crate-train it. Crate training takes month but it allows the hippo to feel safe and secure inside of a crate so it does not get crazy.
-Crate training takes many hours of patience for both the hippo and the trainer
Feeding Program
-Some hippos at zoos will eat fruits and sweet potatoes
- At certain zoos zookeepers will feed hippos sweet potatoes as a treat to reward good behavior
-I would make sure there is lots of grass for hippos graze on
-Make sure they have any of the following: romaine lettuce, watermelon, carrots, celery or nutrient pellets
-some zoos will feed them pellets full of nutrients
-make sure you do not feed them too much or too little
Hippo Research
- Not much is known about pygmy or regular hippo's behavior in the wild
- Hippos are primarily nocturnal so in order to research their behavior you must go at night when they are awake walking around
- Right now they are trying to explore more about the hippos red sweat; they know right now is that it helps prevent sunburn and infections
-If I had a research program for hippos I would follow them around at night to learn more about their behavior, I would see their behavior in the zoo and in the wild
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