Baby Hippo Rescued: Tiny Orphaned Hippo Found In Mud Pit Loves Her New Family

Baby Hippo Rescued: Tiny Orphaned Hippo Found In Mud Pit Loves Her New Family

An orphaned baby Hippo who was rescued a few years back is now loving her new life. Initial concerns about whether she would adapt to her shelter home have been dispelled. 

A few years back, a baby Hippo was found trapped in mud on the north coast of Kenya. People who had been passing over the area spotted her and informed the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) for assistance. DSWT wrote that the Hippo was bogged in mud and was surrounded by flapping catfish in the drying mud hole. It was obvious that she had been stuck there for hours, and without intervention, she must have died there. They also stated that they observed Baby Hippo for a few days if she was orphaned in fact or if her mother was looking for her. 

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Baby Hippo Rescued: Tiny Orphaned Hippo Found In Mud Pit Loves Her New Family

The area where the baby Hippo was stuck was remote and the rescuers had to fly there by helicopter to reach the baby. As the baby was stuck in the mud, they had to walk in knee-deep mud and managed to capture her in a net. Then, they wrapped her in a blanket so that they could take her in a helicopter or plane back to the DSWT orphanage that works for baby animals in need. 

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Baby Hippo Rescued: Tiny Orphaned Hippo Found In Mud Pit Loves Her New Family

At first, the baby was named Humphrey, but then renamed Humphretta, when rescuers discovered that she was a girl hippo. They started calling her Humpty for short. Humpty is now being raised by DSWT keepers, who work to raise all kinds of abandoned or orphaned animals, including rhinos, elephants, zebras, and antelope, and then eventually release them back into the wild. 

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Baby Hippo Rescued: Tiny Orphaned Hippo Found In Mud Pit Loves Her New Family

When Humpty arrived at the shelter, she was exhausted and very dehydrated due to her plight in the mud pit. Her skin was also sunburned for staying in scorching heat for hours. First of all, rescuers gave her a soothing bath and cleaned all the mud off her sensitive skin. Baby Humpty was only a couple of weeks old and didn’t even know to feed milk. Rescuers also taught her to drink milk from the bottle. 

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Humpty was so grateful to have kind rescuers who saved her life and immediately formed a deep bond with them. DSWT wrote that baby Hippo soon became hooked on her keeper and the DSWT field operation manager. She always wanted either of them to be present all time and followed them everywhere. 

Baby Hippo Rescued: Tiny Orphaned Hippo Found In Mud Pit Loves Her New Family

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After getting bottle-fed, she likes to stay close to her keeper and often route her little head on her keeper’s foot, making it a pillow, and fall asleep. They also built her a separate pool with comfy sand surrounding it, big enough for Humty to get fit into that as she grows. 

DSWT keepers stated that Humpty is extremely loving and enjoying her new surroundings. It will take a while for her to release back into the wild because the little hippo is an exceptionally spoiled baby, and first she needs to grow stronger. 

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Once she becomes strong enough, then she will start spending time in the Athi River, home to many wild hippos.  

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