— -- Hip, hip, hooray!
A hippo has been born at the Memphis Zoo.
Binti, a Nile hippopotamus, gave birth to her second calf, a female that has not yet been named, on March 23.
The big bundle of joy weighed in at 76 pounds.
“This is one of our most significant births in a long, long time,” Matt Thompson, the director of animal programs at the Memphis Zoo, said in a press release. “It’s also incredibly special — as Binti and her baby are carrying on our legacy of hippos in their brand new home, Zambezi River Hippo Camp.”
The baby will make her public debut on April 8.
The Memphis Zoo is asking for the public’s help in naming the new resident, through a contest on its website, running from April 6 to 13.
“Binti is an extremely attentive mother and is very protective of her calf,” Farshid Mehrdadfar, the curator of the Memphis Zoo’s west zone, said in the press release. “The little lady follows her mom around everywhere, and you can typically find her asleep on Binti’s nose or back.”