A question of taste in Thai contest to name baby pygmy hippo

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A month-old baby pygmy hippo is seen at his enclosure at Khao Kheow Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

CHONBURI, Thailand (Reuters) – Visitors to a zoo in Thailand are being supplied a tasty selection over the name of its latest resident – a baby pygmy hippopotamus that’s drawing crowds.

The male was born on the finish of October on the state-run Khao Kheaw Zoo in Chonburi province, 80 km (50 miles) east of Bangkok. The zoo’s sixth pygmy hippo, it’s cute and wholesome, however thus far anonymous.

Its keepers have give you two potential names based mostly on common meals dishes — “Moo Tun”, which interprets as braised pork, or “Kaki” which suggests pork ft.

The public are being invited to vote on the zoo’s Facebook web page till Dec. 20, the place they are going to be entered in a draw providing a money prize or free admission for a yr.

The pygmy hippopotamus is native to forests and swamps of West Africa, with adults rising to simply half the dimensions of the frequent hippopotamus.

The new baby hippo may be seen day by day consuming greens and bathing with its mom, 20-year-old “Jona” who’s a long-time star attraction on the zoo.

The zoo says it is necessary for the baby to be taught to imitate conduct from its mom.

“We will see these mother and son together for around a year before they can separate,” zoo director Attapon Srihayrun advised Reuters. “When the baby getting big, we will rearrange them in separate enclosure.”

The profitable name shall be introduced on Dec. 28.

Additional report by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Mike Harrison

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