Meet Funani, a mom hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, and her adorable newborn calf. Funani gave birth on March 23, 2015 and the baby hippo has spent the first days of his life nursing and learning to swim.
Baby hippos typically weigh around 50 pounds when they’re born and stay very close to their mothers for the first several weeks of their lives. In this video you can see momma Funani and her baby spending good quality time, bonding, playing and relaxing in the water.
Funani is a 30-year-old hippo who has raised four other calves at the San Diego Zoo, three females and a male. The sex of this new baby hippo has not yet been determined and won’t be until the staff and vets can get close enough.
No matter the sex, this baby hippo is heart-meltingly adorable. Watch the video to see just how cute he or she is!
Wichita Mountain Sunrise
American Bison in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, SW Oklahoma
Photo by Larry Smith / CC BY 2.0
Did you know that the Galápagos sea lion breeds exclusively on the Galápagos Islands? They also breed in smaller numbers on Ecuador’s close-by Isla de la Plata. But because they stick to those two locations, t’s pretty rare to see one of these creatures and rarer still to swim with one.
Using a GoPro, Divers Florian Fischer and Patricio Garcés capture amazing footage of this friendly species of sea lion in its natural habitat. Get up close and personal with these fun creatures as they swim around the camera, playing in the shallow waters.
Herds of animals in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa
Photo by Diana Robinson / CC BY-ND 2.0
We’ll kick off our featured photos with the animal that has been considered king of the animals by most civilizations for it’s great strength, predatory nature and majestic appearance: the lion.
Photo by Murray Isbister / CC BY-ND 2.0