Peruvian Parents Carlota and Pipo Welcome Baby Hippo

A heavyweight couple at a Peruvian zoo unveiled their new baby on Tuesday (April 28). Carlota and Pipo are the proud parents of a new baby hippopotamus, the second born in Lima’s zoo. The healthy, 30-kilogram male was born on April 2 but spent four weeks under observation before being displayed to the public. The baby spent most of its first day in the public eye swimming with its mother. Zoo director Tatiana Quevedo said he had been separated from his father and brother to avoid conflict among the males. [Tatiana Quevedo, Zoo Director]: “This is the second baby hippo born in our zoo. It’s under our program of reproduction for wild species. We have other animals as well, such as zebras and tapirs. This baby is a little older than two weeks and we’ve had to take security measures by separating him from the other males, so he won’t be attacked.” The young hippo has put on some weight since birth, but has a ways to go before catching up with his hulking parents. [Tatiana Quevedo, Zoo Director]: “This baby was born at around 30 kilograms. Right now, he weighs around 40 or 45 kilograms while the mother weighs around 3.5 tons.” His father is a seven-year-old that weighs around 4500 kilograms. Local students watched the young hippo and will get a chance to vote on a name over the Internet. [Bruno Rodriguez, Student]: “I like the hippo and I would name him Grandulon.” [Camila Figueroa, Student]: “He’s a little fat, so I would name him Tim.” Pipo and Carlota arrived at the Lima zoo from Cuba in 2003. They take care of their young and eat twice a day, consuming around 60 kilos of food at one sitting. They like to eat tomatoes, squash, alfalfa, sugar cane and lettuce.


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  1. […] are there any hippos in Peru? And I have the answer, because I just Googled it and found out that yes there ARE hippos in Peru! And they speak Spanish. Or possibly Peruvian. They all live in zoos though, not in the wild. […]