The Jakarta Post
A baby hippo born on May 25 grazes with its mother, Septi, at the Batu Secret Zoo in Batu, East Java, on June 1. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)
The Batu Secret Zoo in Batu, East Java, has welcomed the birth of a hippopotamus calf.
The calf was born on May 25 to 6-year-old mother Septi and 11-year-old father Bingo.
The zoo’s veterinarian, Prista Dwi Restanti, said that although the sex of the calf is still unknown, it is believed to be healthy.
“It’s been actively swimming in the Safari Farm pool, following its mother,” she said on Saturday.
The vet said that Septi and Bingo, who both came from East Java’s Maharani Zoo Lamongan, were first introduced to each other in June last year.
The Batu Secret Zoo also began to show two Komodo dragons to the public on Saturday.
A Komodo dragon poses at the Batu Secret Zoo in Batu, East Java, on June 1. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)
Since arriving from the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BSDA) in June 2017, when they were each 70 centimeters in length, the 5-year-old dragons have grown to be two meters long.
According to Prista, the Batu Secret Zoo would need to collaborate with other zoos so that the Komodo dragons can successfully breed. (wng)