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Baby hippo born at Taipei Zoo, named after rain

Baby hippo born at Taipei Zoo, named after rain

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Taipei Zoo said Friday that it now has a baby hippopotamus that was born in a pond at the zoo in pouring rain on the night of Nov. 16. The baby hippo, currently smaller than its mother's head, was named Yu, which means rain, and its mother's name Najuzhong was added, the zoo said on its official website. The zoo said its veterinary staff observed last Sunday afternoon that the mother had gone into labor and they monitored her until she gave birth at about 10 p.m. in a pond. Since then, Najuzhong Yu has been sticking close to its mother's side but can already dive, the zoo said. The calf's sex has not yet been determined because the mother would not allow the veterinary staff to come near, the zoo said. It said the mother and newborn are being kept in the Asian rain forest display area because the enclosure for its African animals is under renovation. The best time for visitors to see the baby hippo is when the mother rises from the pond to eat grass, the zoo said. "If you're lucky, you may have a chance to see her breastfeeding," a zoo keeper said. (By Huang Yi-han and Elizabeth Hsu)