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This handout photo released by the Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 shows a baby pygmy hippo with her mother at Sydney zoo. (Photo by AFP)
This handout photo released by the Taronga Zoo on March 17, 2017 shows a baby pygmy hippo with her mother at Sydney zoo. (Photo by AFP)
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Visitors to a Sydney zoo have been given the privilege to see a rare baby hippo make splashes and play around.

Taronga Zoo’s first Pygmy Hippopotamus born in seven years, debuted her public appearance almost 3 weeks after being born. The female calf first started tottering alongside her first-time mom.

But she soon started to bring delight to visitors by showing that she does not shy away from a good swim and sunbathing.

With fewer than 3000 of their kind left in the wild, Pygmy Hippopotami are classified as endangered species.

This means that on top of being irresistibly cute, Taronga’s new Pygmy hippo plays a significant role in the conservation of her species. The zoo will soon hold a contest to help name the precious newborn.