Twin hippos born in Dutch zoo

5th May 2008, Comments 1 comment

Their births mark the second twin hippo birth recorded in The Netherlands.

5 May 2008

EMMEN - Twin hippos have been born at a zoo in the Dutch town of Emmen.

Mother Jetje won't allow anyone near them, so the sex of the twins is not yet known, nor have they been named.

A spokesperson said that the same hippo had born another set of twins in 2000, the only other case ever recorded in The Netherlands.

The births bring to twelve the number of hippos in the zoo, making it one of the largest captive herds in the world.

[Radio Netherlands / ANP / Expatica]

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1 Comment To This Article

  • C posted:

    on 5th May 2008, 17:38:19 - Reply

    I am a big fan of the Amsterdam zoo Artis, which I find simply a lovely park and a celebration of nature.

    However, one of its most tragic aspects, aside from the simple lack of space, is the solitude and isolation of its lone Hippo. I have often entertained daydreams about striking it rich and donating a new hippo to the zoo, to give that sad animal some companionship.

    Now, I ask, why can't Emmen spare one of its twelve hippos, and/or why can't Artis give its one up and send it to a better life in a community in Emmen.