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Bristol Zoo's baby pygmy hippo dies at just 5 weeks old

Keepers at the zoo are said to be devastated by the loss of the little one, who hadn't been named yet. Credit: ITV West Country
Nuzzling mum. Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol Zoo's newest, cutest arrival - an endangered baby pygmy hippo - has sadly died at just five weeks old.

Bristolians and keepers at the zoo were thrilled when the gorgeous youngster joined proud mum Sirana and dad Nato in the zoo's Hippo House last month. The baby, who had yet to be named, enjoyed paddling in the heated pool and nuzzling its mum.

The team at the zoo tried hard to save the little one's life when it became ill on Wednesday night, and say they are devastated by the loss.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our baby pygmy hippo. The five week old calf became ill overnight on Wednesday and was being treated by our vet team. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the youngster passed away yesterday. This is a very upsetting time for our keepers and we know you will all share in our sadness."

– Bristol Zoo
Maternal instincts: Sirana was very protective of her baby. Credit: ITV West Country

WATCH: Baby plays with proud mum Sirana in the zoo's heated pool.

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Hip hippo hooray! Winnie the pygmy hippo is one today

Winnie will be celebrating her birthday with a special vegetable cake Credit: ITV News

Bristol Zoo is celebrating the first birthday of one of its pygmy hippos.

Winnie weighed just six kilograms when she was just a few weeks old, but she's grown to just over 80 kilograms.

Keepers will be treating her to a special vegetable birthday cake.

Winnie may be a big girl but she's dwarfed by her mum Sirana Credit: ITV News