A baby Pygmy Hippopotamus born in early June at the Melbourne Zoo is learning how to swim under the watchful eye of his mother Petre.
Photo Credit: Mark Keenan
Keepers named the calf Obi, which means “heart” in a Nigerian language. You first met Obi here on ZooBorns last month.
Obi started out swimming in the nursery pool, which is shallow, but quickly graduated to the deep end of the exhibit’s main pool. Petre is a very attentive mother and makes sure that Obi never strays too far.
Weighing only about 11 pounds at birth, Obi has gained about a pound each day since he was born.
Pygmy Hippos are classified as Endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Because they live in dense rain forests in western Africa, not much is known about the wild population.
See more photos of Obi below.