How long do hippos carry their young?



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    The hippopotamus has a gestation period of only 8 months.  The mother hippo will leave the herd for one or two weeks to give birth and develop a bond with the calf.  The mother will nurse the baby for eight months.  I got this information from the San Diego Zoo’s website. 


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    In addition to the information already listed, baby hippos are born underwater, and thus start swimming from the moment they’re born.  Female hippos have also been known to baby-sit other female hippo’s young in groups.  The second citation contains information on hippo births in zoos, which includes a lot of cute pictures.

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