A baby hippo! This guy is going to be a dad!
Henry is a river hippo, otherwise known as a Nile hippo. He is 34 years old( or 35 he may have had a birthday the last time I gave my chat on them) and weighs roughly 3,800- 4,000 pounds. That's fairly small for a male hippo as they can reach weights of up to 8,000 pounds.
Hippos are herbivores so a majority of their diet is lettuce, various fruits, beet pulp for fiber and a special grain made specifically for hippos to ensure they receive all the nutrients they need. While herbivores, that doesn't mean these guys can't be extremely dangerous. They are very territorial.
Fun fact, hippos can't swim. They have short stubby little legs that make it difficult for them to swim. They also do not float in the water, they are way too dense. So, how they move through the water is they just walk across the bottom and push up for air every couple of minutes. They can hold their breath for about 5 minutes, but babies can only hold their breath for about 45 seconds. Mom hippo actually has to push baby up for a breath every 30-45 seconds or so if they are in deep water, while also making sure she's breathing every so often, which I find remarkable.
Hippo gestation period is about 8 months and babies are between 50-100 pounds when they're born. We're really excited about a hippo baby, or at least I am. When the time comes I will share pictures of the little nugget.
Also, cool thing, Cincinnati Zoo is the first zoo to successfully train a hippo and confirm a pregnancy through an ultrasound. They were able to see the beating heart and a spine which is incredible, since I said before they are very dense creatures.
Here's the link to the video of them performing an ultra sound and announcing the pregnancy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lm4gqR5WD4
TLDR: this guy got laid, is going to be a father