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.
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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