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Animals in the news around the globe

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 01:21

From a curious eight-week-old hippopotamus making a splash to the tiniest penguins in the world -- animals in the news around the world. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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An 8-week old hippopotamus calf called Devi stepped out -- make that swam out -- at the San Diego Zoo this week to dozens of fascinated onlookers. Her mother Funani constantly by her side. But it wasn't just zoo-goers who enjoyed the view -- Devi appeared equally amused by her fans. -- Also getting in some mother-baby bonding time, Frala the gorilla and her newborn at a Sydney zoo. The sex of the little tike has yet to be determined. But the public was nevertheless thrilled by the second birth of a western lowland gorilla in seven months -- A species that's declined by more than 60 percent in Central Africa over roughly two decades. -- They may look like babies...but they're actually adults. Known as little penguins or blue penguins, they're are the tiniest kind of penguin around -- weighing just two to three pounds. And they came out to play at the Bronx Zoo this week after being moved from Australia to take part in a breeding program. The Bronx is now one of only three places in the U.S. where the little penguins can be spotted.

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Animals in the news around the globe

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 01:21