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    First hippopotamus born at new Dallas Zoo exhibit dies

    DALLAS (AP) — The first baby hippopotamus born at a new Dallas Zoo exhibit has died.
    The Dallas Morning News reports that zoo officials said a female hippo gave birth early Saturday to her first calf, but she did not help the newborn to the surface of the pool soon enough.
    Dallas Zoo vice president of animal operations and welfare Harrison Edell said in a statement that “there was no safe way” for staff to assist the calf.
    The official cause of death is pending.

    https://www.apnews.com/723cc04986a04...o-exhibit-dies

    I've heard that hippos can be very dangerous animals; i can only imagine a female hippo trying to protect her newborn.


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    Hippos kill a few thousand people every year. A lot more than sharks or cats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Hippos kill a few thousand people every year. A lot more than sharks or cats.
    Whatever the species and its numerous encounters with man, it must be that the hippopotamus has been driven to near-extinction, as its territory has been invaded upon by man for every reason. One example in action, it is listed as vulnerable:


    Hippopotamus (or River Horse):

    "The hippo population declined most dramatically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[42] By 2005, the population in Virunga National Park had dropped to 800 or 900 from around 29,000 in the mid-1970s.[43] The decline is attributed to the disruptions caused by the Second Congo War.[43] The poachers are believed to be Mai-Mai rebels, poorly paid Congolese soldiers, and local militia groups.[43][44] Reasons for poaching include the belief that hippos are harmful to society, as well as financial gain.[45] However, as of 2016, the Virunga hippo population appears to have increased, possibly due to greater enforcement and cooperation between fishermen and park authorities.[46] The sale of hippo meat is illegal, but black-market sales are difficult for Virunga National Park officers to track.[44][45] Hippo meat is considered a delicacy in some areas of central Africa and the teeth have become a valued substitute for elephant ivory."[47]

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippopotamus
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