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Harry the baby pygmy hippo gives kisses, takes a bath

South Africa's rare pygmy hippo, named after British royalty, is proving to be a tourist attraction. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

This 6-day-old pygmy hippo calf is living the good life with his handlers at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa. According to The Daily Mail, the calf was rejected by his mother, Hilda, after being born last Thursday and now receives round-the-clock care from staff.

Harry is breaking hearts and living like royalty in a special suite, which is no surprise considering his namesake.

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Harry gives his full-time handler Toni Inggs a loving lick! The pygmy hippo won't grow to be more than 3 feet tall.

“We knew we wanted to call him something beginning with H and it suddenly struck us to name him Harry after the prince,” Rob Hall, the reserve’s manager, told The Daily Mail. “Our team here loves Prince Harry as he shows true grit and is passionate about Africa. Our little guy is already proving he's made of similar stuff and is determined to make the most of life.”

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Splish, splash, Harry's taking a bath! Pygmy hippos spend the majority of their lives underwater. As nocturnal animals, they only emerge at night to eat.

The calf’s birth was a cause for celebration at the center since pygmy hippos are a critically endangered species, with fewer than 3,000 left in the wild.

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Hungry hippo! Harry is fed a bottle of milk every three hours by his watchful handlers.

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Harry was the eighth calf born to his mother but only the third to survive. When Hilda showed no maternal instincts toward the newborn, handlers stepped in.



This was posted by TODAY.com writer and producer Lisa Granshaw. She never realized hippos could be so cute until Harry entered her life.