Everybody loves hippos.

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I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen the pygmy hippos out of the water at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The baby ¬†was born in October last year. It was a fairly cool morning in last March and the baby was moving around, rubbing his back on the tree trunk and checking everything out. I’m not sure if he was really eating the hay or just imitating Mom. A big crowd was forming and the kids were going crazy over the baby. It’s always fun to watch the kids react.

Funny things at the zoo.

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Wild woodpecker getting a bite over the warthog exhibit.

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“Yummy bee” says the lizard.

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“Yuck! It stings”

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I finally saw the baby pygmy hippo out of the water.

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Half siblings hanging out together

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They were chasing after the gulls and scared the gazelles instead.

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Extreme close-up. They were climbing out of the pool

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The younger one, six months old, was having a hard time getting back up the stairs.

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Even from the back she is so cute.

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Not sure if she’s actually eating the hay yet or just playing with it.

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Hiding under mom.

Pre-Christmas trip to the zoo. Another warm sunny day.