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Thailand Zoo Creates Contest to Name Baby Pygmy Hippo

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Visitors to a zoo in Thailand are being offered an opportunity to name of its newest resident. A baby pygmy hippo that is drawing crowds.

The male was born at the end of October at the state-run Khao Kheow Zoo in Chonburi province.  The zoo’s sixth pygmy hippo, it is cute and healthy, but so far nameless.

Its keepers have come up with two potential names based on popular food dishes. “Moo Tun”, which translates as braised pork, or “Kaki” which means pork feet.

The public are being invited to vote on the zoo’s Facebook page until Dec. 20th. Contestants will be entered in a draw offering a cash prize or free admission for a year.

The pygmy hippo is native to forests and swamps of West Africa. With adults growing to just half the size of the common hippopotamus.

The new baby hippo can be seen daily eating vegetables and bathing with its mother, 20-year-old “Jona” who is a long-time star attraction at the zoo.

The zoo says it is important for the baby to learn to imitate behavior from its mother.

“We will see these mother and son together for around a year before they can separate,” zoo director Attapon Srihayrun told Reuters. “When the baby getting big, we will rearrange them in separate enclosure.”

The winning name will be announced on Dec. 28.

Khao Kheow Open Zoo is large zoo in Thailand. It covers an area of about 2000 acres and contains more than 8000 animals from 300 species. The zoo is located in Bangphra, which is in the Chonburi Province of Thailand.

 


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