Orphaned baby hippo rescued from a drying swamp can’t fall asleep without its Human

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Source: DSWT

She spends her days in her pool or resting up on her beach in the sun, attended by Frans and other caretakers.

She made herself at home in Frans’ house and still walks in an out whenever she feels like spending some quality time with him.

orphaned baby hippo rescued
Source: DSWT

“We have seen lots of positive changes! She is most active in the early mornings and early evenings, and when she’s not smiling, she’s behaving like a typical hippo, spending most of her day floating about in her beloved and specially built pool. She can even hold her breath underwater now for over 45 seconds – often leading to a fun game of hide and seek,” DSWT reported.

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Recently, Humpty made a new friend – a baby kudu called Sala.

“Despite being very different species, Humpty the hippo and Sala the kudu have something in common: They are both orphans and take comfort in each other,” DSWT explained.


When Humpty grows up, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust hopes to release her back into the wild.

The Trust is located close to the Athi River – a haven for hippos, so Humpty will remain in the vicinity and will be able to drop by to visit her beloved Frans anytime she wants.

Until then, Humpty drinks over 2 gallons of formula milk a day and still requires constant care around the clock.

orphaned baby hippo sleeping
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“As a fast-growing hippo, Humpty is quickly getting through her bottles of milk. A donation of $25 could help buy tins of milk for orphans like Humpty and help pay for the costs of her new bathing pool and night time bedroom.”

You can donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and help little Humpty grow happy and healthy so that she could one day make the transition back to a wild life.

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