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Monday, Mar 10, 2014 - 01:29

Mar 10 - The Chapultepec Zoo celebrates the birth of a baby hippo. Alicia Powell reports.

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After 16 years Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo is celebrating the birth of a newborn baby hippo. The hippo was born underwater without any complications and is estimated to weigh a healthy 88 pounds. The zoo's director, Juan Arturo Rivera, says the birth was an achievement to be proud of. SOUNDBITE: Juan Arturo Rivera, Director of Mexico City's Zoo, (Spanish): "After a period of nearly eight months of gestation, we now have this offspring, which is the first birth of this species in 16 years for Mexico's Chapultepec Zoo so it's really an achievement for the zoos in Mexico City." The reproduction process can be a challenge for hippos, especially in captivity. SOUNDBITE: Juan Arturo Rivera, Director of Mexico City's Zoo, (Spanish): "Male hippos are territorial. They can be a bit aggressive and so being able to integrate a couple is difficult in captivity. Fortunately, this couple, ever since the female arrived...she was separated from the male for a while but we had a good reception of both between gates and we slowly introduced the female until the male accepted her and from that moment on the whole reproduction period ensued." Mexico City's government has invited the public to help select a name for the hippo.

Meet Mexico City's newest resident

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 - 01:29

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