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Baby hippopotamus born at San Diego Zoo described as healthy

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Zoo has a new baby hippopotamus.

The 70-pound (31.7-kilogram) female calf was born Saturday and is health, alert, active and eating well, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The baby is the ninth offspring of a hippo named Funani since she arrived at the zoo in 1995.

The calf was fathered by a hippo named Otis from East Africa. He was brought to the zoo in 2009 to breed with Funani.

The parents and the baby are the zoo’s only hippos. Funani’s other eight calves have been moved to other institutions.

According to the zoo, the best chance for visitors to see the calf are during meal times, when they move in and out of their pool.

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