GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A pygmy hippo named Jahari is now on display screen at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids.
Less than design considering the fact that 2021, the new exhibit involves an outside area with a substantial pool, a mud wallow and an underwater viewing region. There is an indoor viewing space to permit attendees to see the pygmy hippopotamuses all calendar year round.
Pygmy hippos are at minimum 5 instances scaled-down than a typical hippo, but nonetheless weigh in between 400 and 600 pounds. They are about 4.5-6 feet lengthy and 2.5-3 feet high at the shoulder.
In accordance to the zoo’s show, their habitat is “elusive, hiding in heavily forested rivers streams.”
The exhibit opened on plan very last week but with out fanfare just after the 8-calendar year-old pygmy hippo killed a sitatunga antelope named Chopper in the enclosure on Tuesday, May well 16. The incident took area as the two animals ended up becoming released for the to start with time with no a mesh barrier. The system was for them to live collectively in the new show.
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Jahari arrived from the Pittsburgh Zoo, in which Community Relations Supervisor Alex Cauley beforehand instructed MLive the hippo was a group preferred.
Cauley mentioned to her knowledge, Jahari experienced no intense incidents at the Pittsburgh Zoo, but did say that he lived on your own in his enclosure and has only at any time lived with other pygmy hippos.
Pygmy hippos, which are herbivores, do are living in peace with other animals at some zoos. For example, sitatungas and pygmy hippos are living jointly at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, and at the Bioparc Valencia Zoo in Spain, a pygmy hippo lives with an Egyptian goose and a sitatunga.
John Ball Zoo beforehand declined to comment on the specifics of Chopper’s demise.
Officers have also earlier declined to remark on no matter whether the zoo nonetheless programs to introduce the other animals prepared for the show, together with a 3-year-old feminine pygmy hippo named Penelope from Canada and two European white storks named Ned and Skip Kay.
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