San Diego Zoo welcomes new baby hippo

The zoo’s hippo Funani gave birth to the female calf and you can help pick her name by sharing suggestions on social media with the hashtag #GMAsandiegohippo.
3:07 | 02/14/20

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You may have seen the world's newest and cutest bundle the baby hippo. Yeah. Born at the San Diego zoo on Saturday. Her mom is so proud, this morning we have a world exclusive. We're getting to see the new baby in action for the very first time. Here she is in her hippo habitat getting familiar with her new surroundings. So cute. That's not really a baby we're used to. That's a big old baby so joining us to talk about that baby and the amazing new addition senior wildlife specialist at the zoo Jennifer Chapman. Jennifer, good morning. Thanks for being with us. So, Jennifer, that baby is about a week old but how big is she and what milestones has she hit so far? Well, we're estimating that the calf is about 80 pounds. To give you a comparison we're thinking maybe about the size of a corgi, a very dense corgi. The milestone that she's most recently been able to hit is the fact that her teeth are starting to emerge from her gums. It's really exciting time to see she's getting all the nutrients she needs to get those teeth growing nice and strong and, you know, it's important to note the fact that the river hippos in their native habitat are facing threats because of their teeth. It's actually they're being illegally hunted as part of the ivory trade but getting back to our little girl here and the milestone and seeing those teeth come out, it's just a really exciting time. Hats off to that momma. Oh, yes. Jennifer, how is the mother/daughter bonding going. We heard they've developed their own special language. That's right. We're watching the mom and the calf communicate with each other. They make a sound that we can't hear and those vocalizations are clearly being seen amongst them because we can see funani opening and closing her mouth. Most likely vocalizations are coming from that and see the calf respond to that motion and probably sound that is taking place and it's beautiful to watch. Baby hippo looks calm in the video we're seeing but we're hearing that baby hippo is a bit precocious? She is very adventurous. I need to have faith in funani. There are times that she gets to situations in my opinion I think, what is happening? But funani is such an excellent mom. She guides her and gets her right back to where she needs to go and fortunately with that communication funani is telling the calf where is the best place for her to be. All right. Jennifer, thank you so much. Make sure you keep us updated on the baby and as people probably know this we've been calling the hippo baby because she doesn't have a name yet. You can help name her. All you have to do is share your name suggestion on social media using the #gmasandiegohippo. I like that. See what the name is going to

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