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Harry The Pygmy Hippo Warms Hearts As He Kisses Caregiver, Trots Around (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 03/29/2012 2:38 pm Updated: 04/ 2/2012 6:03 pm

This week, the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa welcomed a royal newborn -- Prince Harry, the pygmy hippo, according to the South Africa Star.

After his mother refused to feed him, Harry had to be fed a 125 ml mixture of milk and water by Ranch employees every three hours. Afterwards, the Star reports, he is given a bath to keep his skin moist.

Pygmy hippos are currently listed as endangered, and only 3,000 of them are believed to be left in the wild. This is mostly due, ranch operations director Rob Hall told the Star, to the bushmeat trade industry.

Popular animal blog Zooborns reports that Harry's mother, Hilda, is not so great at the whole 'motherly skills' thing -- after she squashed some of her offspring in the past and is "lacking the skill of feeding her babies."

Hall told lifestyle magazine Female First naming the newborn after the Prince was meant to honor his work in Africa.

"We knew we wanted to call him something beginning with H and it suddenly struck us to name him Harry after the prince," Hall told the magazine. "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."


PHOTOS, courtesy of Miller and Maclean/Caters News:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Prince Harry is the Prince of Wales. His father, Prince Charles, is the Prince of Wales.

Want more adorable hippos? Check out the videos below:
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  • 'Monifa', a Pygmy Hippopotamus female calf, is taken out of a bath at Taronga Zoo on November 7, 2008. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Five week old hippopotamus calf nicknamed 'Muddy' (L) is watched carefully by her mother Primrose (R) at her enclosure. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 'Monifa', a Pygmy Hippopotamus female calf, is given a bath at Taronga Zoo on November 7, 2008. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Kambiri, a baby pygmy hippo calf, explores her den at the Taronga Zoo on August 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • Kambiri, a baby pygmy hippo calf, explores her den at the Taronga Zoo on August 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • Kambiri, a baby pygmy hippo calf, explores her den with her mother Petre at the Taronga Zoo on August 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • A female hippopotamus calf born in the Berlin zoo on August 9, 2010 swims behind her mother 'Kathi' in their enclosure in Berlin's zoological garden, August 24, 2010. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A female hippopotamus calf born in the Berlin zoo on August 9, 2010 swims in her enclosure in Berlin's zoological garden, August 24, 2010. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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