Baby hippos, impala ballet and polar bears’ new neighbours

Jul 30th, 2017 | By | Category: Denmark

30.7.2017 – Source: Copenhagen Zoo

While the visitors are waiting to see the newborn hippo baby in the Copenhagen Zoo they can admire the little older hippo baby Yala.

She loves to walk around in the ‘savannah’ …..

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….. and after the feeding there are usually apples as dessert for her.

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Yala often meets other inhabitants in the savannah area – this time a zebra came to say ‘davs’ to her. 🙂

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The savannah is a very nice place for the hippos and all the animals sharing this area in the zoo.

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Mama hippo joined Yala and together they enjoyed the yammy apples.

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The newborn baby hippo had the first medical examination and it was also chipped at the same time. It took Three men to keep the ‘slippery’ baby so the vet could do his job. Everything went well but, of course, the brave baby was more than happy to run to his mama after the examination.

Hippo baby in deep water

The 14 days old hippo baby took today (25. July) his first swimming tour in the deep basin. He must learn to ‘master’ this deeper basin before he can be introduced for the other hippos.

The keeper Mette Knudsen will be keeping an eye on the baby during the week in order to see if the baby boy can come up to the ‘island’ in the middle of the basin. It was obviously also the aim of mama hippo today. She went ashore a couple of times and the baby tried to follow her. He wasn’t very succesful but Mette expects him to learn the ‘technics’ very soon.

The next step will be to introduce the hippo boy to an female adult and his half sister Yala who’s now 7 months old. Once the two females and their babies have been used to each other in the basin it’s time for the father to both babies to join them.

There’s a name voting going on. You can vote for Katavi, Mariko or Rukwa in Facebook. The names are inspired by African seas and rivers.

Here’s a video of the baby hippo’s first swimming tour:

If you come to the zoo early you can enjoy the impalas’ morning ballet!

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When the keepers let the impalas out to the savannah they immediately start their characteristic ‘dance’.

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The impalas’ jumps can be 3 meters high and 10 meters long!

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A candidate for the Bolschoi Balet???

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Nöel and Nord have new neighbours

About 100 big rainbow salmons are placed in a neighbouring basin where the polar bears can see them swimming around. These salmons are not aimed to be caught – they are simply an attraction for Nöel and Nord and even for the visitos. In the video you can see how it looks.

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  1. Hallo Mervi

    Die erste Untersuchung des Hippo-Babys ist gut verlaufen 🙂
    und ich bin auch sicher, dass es bald gut auf die Insel kommt.

    Die Gazellen bieten in der Tat ein elegantes Ballett.
    Die Sprpnge sind beeindruckend! 🙂

    Die Lachse sind eine schöne Abwechslung
    für Nord und Boris – gute Idee! 🙂

    Liebe Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  2. Dear Mervi
    Sitting on a bench inhe shade on a baking hot day in Tierpark Berlin. Tonja and Wolodja are fast asleep on rocks under the glare. Their keeper tells me they areboth sunworshippers.
    I am very tiredafter three days andglad that Ihave a windowseat on the flight hometonight.
    Love the story and pictures of the hippo babies and the impala.
    Iwonder how long Nord and Noel will decide the fishareworthchasing.

  3. Liebe Mervi,

    danke fürs Einstellen der Fotos und der Videos von dem süßen Hippobaby.
    Wie klein es noch ist, sieht man erst wenn es an Mamas Seite ist.

    So klein, und schon beim Doktor. Aber was sein muß, muß sein.

    Ob ich die Idees mit den Lachsen neben den Eisbären gut finden soll, weiß ich nicht. Denn ich glaube nicht, ob es für die Eisbären wirklich ein Spaß ist, wenn das lebende Futter direkt an ihnen vorbeischwimmt,, und sie nicht heran kommen. Ich sehe es eher als Streß an.
    Allerdings bin ich auch froh, dass die Fische nicht direkt bei den Bären schwimmen.

    Liebe Grüße

    Die Fotos der “fliegenden” Impalas sind sensationell.

  4. Dear Mervi!
    The mini hippo is ever so cute. I love the pic with the zebra saying hello.
    For the little one the first medical examination must have been quite scary but its mother surely gave comfort.

    Underwater videos always have something special in common, they are visually very attractive.

    The photos of the springing impalas are fantastic!


  5. Dear Mervi!
    The young hippo is very cute.
    Impalas jump very artistic.

  6. Liebe Mervi!

    Das kleine Hippo ist ja so süß und das Ballett der Impalas ist toll.
    Danke fürs Zeigen.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  7. Dear Mervi, thanks a lot for showing. The impalas are wonderful.
    Hugs Inge

  8. YALA is a handsome hippo-child! The SAVANNAH looks great as does the whole COPENHAGEN ZOO!

    Hippo baby is very cute. I feel always pity with them when those litttle ones have to be chipped etc.. This must be quite a scaring siuation for them. . . In the second video it’s interesting to see how mother hippo trains her baby, pushs it up to the surface of the water to make sure it won’t drawn, as its force obviously is not yet sufficient for this tiny-one to get up again when on the ground.

    Love the Impalas’ Morning Ballet! . . Sometimes there is unbelievable elegance in nature!

    Good to see NOEL and NORD again. What about their love-affair?
    Is there any chance to see soon – let’s say beginning of 2018 – offspring/s of them? 🙂

    The air bubbles when polar bears are swimming around under water are impressive.

    Thanks to COPENHAGEN ZOO and MERVI for having shown us a bit of this beautiful zoo again.

    Greetings to INGE aus Cph who tells us once in a while from her charming home zoo.
    Hope all cats and ill friend and HERSELF are well taking in consideration their general condition.
    Further good recovery to anybody!

  9. Liebe Mervi,
    ohhh der kleine Hippo und die med.Untersuchung da hat er mir leid getan, aber muß sein.
    Das Impala-Ballett ist wunderschön und toll fotografiert.
    Ich weiss auch nicht ob ich so eine Tierbeschäftigung gut finde, wenn das Futter vorbei schwimmt und die
    Eisbären keine Chance haben hinterher zu jagen.
    Danke Dir fürs Zeigen!
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  10. Liebe Mervi,

    vielen Dank für den tollen Bericht.
    Die Unterwasseraufnahmen sind einfach super.
    Das kleine Hippo ist sehr niedlich und auf jeden Fall das Zeug zum Star 🙂

    Liebe Grüße

  11. Dear Dumba, thanks for greetings. Oh, yes, Noel and Nord did have a love affair. In the local paper here one of the keepers tells about it. So we all cross our fingers for a little one in the coming winter. For the time being Nord is more interesting in eating more than his part of the food.

    Night greetings from Inge