Surprise: Hippo on Birth Control Has Baby
Los Angeles Zoo is pretty happy with its new accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2014 3:30 PM CST
This photo provided by the Los Angeles Zoo shows a mother hippo and her newborn calf.   (Uncredited)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Zoo is celebrating its first birth of a hippopotamus in 26 years. It was a bit of surprise, too, because the mother was on birth control. Vets haven't determined the sex of the new hippo, but they say the baby appears to be doing well and is bonding with mom. The mother, 10-year-old Mara, came to the zoo in December from Topeka, Kansas. Dad is 3-year-old Adhama, who arrived from the San Diego Zoo last year.