Dallas Zoo's hippo bloat is one baby bigger!
Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Zoo took to social media on Monday to share some happy hippopotamus news. Their hippo named Boipelo gave birth to a healthy calf on October 30!
On Monday, the Dallas Zoo shared the big baby news and video footage of the calf's birth to social media.
"The calf emerged strong and immediately came up for a breath of air, and then was swimming and active while mom watched on attentively. The little one was observed nursing within an hour of birth, and mom and baby spent the rest of that first night lying close together in their pool behind the scenes," the Dallas Zoo wrote in their Instagram post.
Boipelo gave birth to the calf on October 30 around 5:30 PM. She looked like she was going into labor that afternoon. Zookeepers watched using cameras in the barn to keep tabs on the animal's progress. Per the post, the team cheered the mommy hippo on at a distance.
Boipelo's labor took around 2.5 hours, which, according to the clip, is average for hippos. Both baby and mom are reportedly doing well. The baby's father, a hippo named Gus, and its half sister Adanna haven't been introduced to the newest addition to the bloat just yet.
This isn't the first new hippo of 2022 to be born in a US zoo
On Twitter, the Dallas Zoo's announcement clip has 47,000 views. On Instagram, it boasts 21,000.
The zoo suggested that fans of the big animals stay tuned to its social media channels for more details, as it will be a few weeks before the baby makes its public debut.
This isn't the first baby hippo born this year! The Cincinnati Zoo welcomed a calf earlier this year and let the public help choose his name: Fritz.
Cover photo: collage: screenshots/Instagram/dallaszoo