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Big babies can be awfully cute, as evidenced by new arrival Paula the baby hippo at Zoo Berlin. Only two weeks old in this series of photos taken on Tuesday, the little girl already weighs 88 lbs! Fully grown, Paula will weigh about two tons.

Baby hippo and mom nuzzling

Baby hippo berlin zoo

While somewhat ungainly on land, underwater hippos take on a graceful quality as the water makes them (relatively) light on their toes. Hippos do not in fact swim underwater, but sink to the bottom where they trot along the bed.

Diving baby hippo

More pictures and video below the fold.

Baby hippo and mom

Baby hippo and mom butts