Baby hippo takes a dip

Georgia enjoys a dip with her mum Flora
Georgia enjoys a dip with her mum Flora Photo: Whipsnade Zoo

A rare pygmy hippo is making a big splash at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

Born eight weeks ago the calf, called Georgina, is enjoying paddling around her heated indoor pool alongside mum, Flora, and exploring her new surroundings.

The youngster is the second born to parents Flora and Tapon, and comes 18 months after the birth of their son, Sapo, who was the first male pygmy hippo to be born in Europe.

Pygmy hippos are a threatened species. In the wild their numbers have dwindled to less than 3,000.