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This Rare Baby Hippo Is Very Adorable and Very Important

It's the first baby hippo born at Mexico's Chapultepec Zoo in 16 years

Everyone, say hello to this very adorable baby hippo. It’s the first of its species born at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo in 16 years. Its mother will have to care for it and nurture it for nearly a year before zookeepers can determine its gender (Hence our use of “it” rather than “he” or “she.”)

The public has been invited to choose a name for the hippo, but we’re feeling the following options: Thelonius or Claude for a boy, Theodora or Millie for a girl, or Taco for a more gender-neutral option.

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