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    Default The baby pygmy hippo who's barely bigger than a lettuce leaf

    Hippos kill more humans than any other animal - but this little fellow doesn't look like he could do too much harm.
    A newborn baby pygmy from Rotterdam's Blijdorp Zoo, he's dwarfed by lettuce leaves as he has a nibble with his mum.
    Much tamer and shyer than their aggressive cousins, pygmy hippos are now critically endangered, with less than 3000 remaining in the wild.

    A newly born pygmy hippopotamus has a nibble with its mother in Rotterdam's Blijdorp Zoo

    They're indigenous to the tropical forests of West Africa, and their primary threat is the loss of their forest habitat due to the timber industry. They're also hunted extensively for their meat.
    The aptly named pygmy grows to just over 3ft tall - just one fifth of the size of the common hippopotamus - and is the only other species of hippo in the world.
    Reclusive and nocturnal, the mammals are semi-aquatic and need to live near water to keep their skin moisturised and their body cool.
    They sometimes even mate and give birth in water, and they secrete oils known as 'blood-sweat' to keep their hide waterproof.
    Pygmy hippos are plant-eating mammals, feeding on ferns, broad-leaved plants, grasses and fruits they find in the forest.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1217348/Pictured-The-baby-pygmy-hippo-whos-barely-bigger-lettuce-leaf.html#ixzz0SvAs5NRR

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    Hippos kill more humans than any other animal

    Really? I did not know that.
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    squeeeeeeeeeee! you find the best animal stories, honey!
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    He's so tiny - he looks like a toy. He's cute as heck though.
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    He's so cute!!

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    He doesn't look real!! He's so damn cute!!

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    Yes, hippos are nasty creatures with a large bite and lots of sharp teeth.

    This little guy is cute as a bug though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emkat View Post
    Hippos kill more humans than any other animal

    Really? I did not know that.
    Yup.. I love to dazzle people with that random factoid. They don't seem that aggressive right?

    Gosh, this little guy is TEENY!

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    Awww, adorable!
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    CUTE! He looks like a tiny toy!!
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    Hippos are EXTREMELY territorial.

    Giant crocs don't even mess with them!

    But that hippo is damned cute!!!

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    Never knew they were such insane killers either, but hey, good to know.

    Damn cute that little guy. Could stare at him all day.

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    Isn't that little hippo adorable? It's a shame that these animals are endangered.

    I didn't know that hippos killed more humans than any other animal...I once read that the panda was the most vicious animal (though they look so cuddly). I guess that information was wrong.

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    I love this!
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    He's a peach!

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