ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s a new arrival at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, a baby hippopotamus. Earlier this month, zookeepers found out Karen the hippo was pregnant. The BioPark confirmed through an ultrasound that the 19-year-old was close to giving birth.
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Karen’s pregnancy was surprising considering she was on birth control. Earlier Monday, the BioPark announced the calf was born, her third with her mate Moe. Zoo guests were actually able to watch the birth as it happened in the hippo pool. “We’re really going to let the mom Karen take over. She’s been doing a great job so far, this is her third calf, and she’s a great mom, so we’re going to look to her to hear what happens next,” said Bob Lee with the BioPark.
Zookeepers will not be able to tell the sex of the baby until it starts moving around outside the water, which could take a few days.