Baby hippo Fiona is our queen, and nothing will change that — but we just found our itty-bitty hippo king.
Meet Tony. The river hippopotamus calf was born at the San Diego Zoo in September and is already making waves — and we’re not talking about the ones created by his 100-lb. body gliding through the water.
One look at his wrinkly baby face, and you can understand why this boy is now a fan-favorite at the zoo. He made his public debut, with mom Funani by his side, in October and has continued to entertain guests ever since.
He can often be spotted paddling around the 150,000-gallon pool in his enclosure or sunning himself on the beach nearby. Unlike Fiona, who had a scary start as a premature calf, Tony has been healthy since day one.
Mom is doing great too. Tony is Funani’s 12th healthy calf, making this hippo mom an expert baby raiser.
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“It’s so great to have the opportunity to watch Funani raise another calf,” Jennifer Chapman, senior keeper, said in a statement. “This boy is fearless, and we’re really excited to see him grow into his big personality.”
The San Diego Zoo expects more great things ahead for Tony, who is an important contribution to his threatened species, as he continues to grow and gets acquainted with his zoo family and fans.