A deserted baby Hippo of nearly two weeks old was saved by the Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), an organisation committed to the conservation of the natural resources in the Lower Zambezi National Park, located in Zambia.
The non-profit took care of young Douglas (the name they choose for the little cutie) for three months until it got the necessary physical strength to be transfer to his new dwelling at the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust with the help of Proflight Zambia.
The youngster is well at his new residence, and after a funny misunderstanding regarding its gender it is confirmed by Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust that the baby is a male hippopotamus:
“Named “Douglas” it was believed the baby hippo was a male at the time, but then several vets and conservation people thought he was a she. So, Douglas became ‘Douglina’ instead. In Late August 2013 three months from the time ‘she’ came to Chipembele, Douglina had an amorous encounter with a water barrel, it was very evident that boy bits were involved… So Douglina is once again and permanently ‘Douglas’.”
After having a bumpy start to his life Douglas (the happy hippo) made friends with local dogs Coco and Molly, which may appear to be an odd friendship for a hippo, but Douglas is not bothered with the differences.