New Boyfriend for Sparky The Hippo

Ghost The Hippo at the Calgary Zoo

Ghost The Hippo at the Calgary Zoo

Sparky the hippo has been very sad since her mate Foggy died of advanced age last month at the Calgary Zoo in Canada. Wasting no time, zookeepers allowed her a short period of mourning and then quickly moved in a newer and younger model they nicknamed Ghost because his birthday falls on Halloween. Ghost had lobbied for the nickname Gator Killer, a reference to the hippo’s arch nemesis, but zoo officials were concerned about hurting the feelings of their resident alligators.

Ghost is six years old and comes from the Granby Zoo in Quebec. He is getting used to his new quarters and his new roommate, Sparky. No word yet on how “close” they might become.