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Injured hippo recovering swiftly in new habitat: Caretakers

Injured hippo recovering swiftly in new habitat: Caretakers

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) A hippopotamus (hippo), who was injured after it jumped from a moving truck on Friday, is recovering swiftly in its new habitat at a fish farm in Taichung's Dachia District, the animal's caretakers said. The hippo, named A He, has regained its appetite and consumed a meal of hay Sunday morning, caretakers stated. On Friday, the hippo had jumped from a truck carrying it from a shelter in Miaoli, to the Skyzoo recreational farm in Taichung, suffering some injuries, including broken teeth and a broken leg. After some assessment, veterinarians decided that buoyancy from watery habitats, such as ponds will help ease the strain of supporting the hippo's 2-tonne weight and promote a speedy recovery. Wang Jiung-shong, director of the Taichung's Agriculture Bureau stated that although A He appeared to be happy and relaxed in his pond, experts would continue to monitor the animal's recovery and see if it was maintaining a healthy appetite. Skyzoo Proprietor Chang Chun-chieh said on Saturday the hippo is doing well and swimming briskly in his pond. Incidentally, A He had suffered from another fall the previous day at the pond when a cable on a hoist broke and the container in which he was being transported crashed to the ground from a height of two meters. Meanwhile, Taiwanese baseball pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who plays for the Baltimore Orioles, expressed his support for A He through his social media account. Chen posted a picture of A He and urged the public to extend kindness and respect to all living creatures, and wished for a speedy recovery for the hippo. A longtime proponent of animal rights and welfare, Chen regularly supports campaigns urging the public to adopt pets instead of buying from breeders, and asking them to take part in awareness drives against pet abandonment. He has also treated fans to the screening of Twelve Nights, a documentary on the plight of stray dogs in Taiwan. By Chang Ming-kun, Li Chin-Wei and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-06-17 02:23 GMT+08:00