tiny tiny hippo

OMG. This little Hipster is slippy-slidin’ all over the place, you can totally see it. He even has ‘chub." I think he has some umbilical cord action going on too. Rock on, little muddy earflaps.

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Tiny pygmy newborn Hipster courtesy of sender-inner Margaret L. and News.com.

Comments

  1. I have never seen a baby hippo before!

  2. He looks a lot like a baby water buffalo

  3. Emily Anonymous says:

    I’m very glad that the second picture contains an umbilical cord. I choose to believe that. So cute.

  4. He’s also rocking Rule #21 — eye capsules!!!

  5. littlelizard says:

    Even though he’s slimey, he’s cute.

  6. ShelleyTambo says:

    I’ve got chub, too–does that make me cute? This bebeh weighs less than I do, I’m sure, and that’s just a depressing thought (even if it is a bebeh and will outweigh me many times over in a matter of months).

  7. Um, I don’t think that’s really an umbilical cord! But let’s believe it is, anyway.
    Pretty darn cute for a future leviathan.

  8. Oh, the wrinkly neck! The eye capsules! The pink spots!
    I can’t take it.

  9. Chacha, I think that *is* an umbilical cord because the penis would be farther back in between the legs… nature shields the “sensitive bits” better. Besides, penises are really vascular and they almost always appear pink(er). I doubt it would look so grey and have a chewed off end.

  10. love the lovely hippo!!!

    have any of you heard of owen and mzee? stranded tsunmai hippo who befriended the tortoise?

    go here: http://www.lafargeecosystems.com/main/blog.php

  11. its pygmy so the mommy there is much bigger than a collie. and babeh should be about 9 inches long I’d guess.

  12. Emily Anonymous says:

    Upon closer examination I have come to this conclusions.
    In the first pic he’s all “I’m cold and wet and slimy, and it isn’t fun”
    In the second pic he’s saying “I’m getting out of this water, it’s nasty”
    And in the third pic he’s like “Mom, don’t you know it’s icky in here?”

  13. Karen in Toronto says:

    This isn’t one of the late Pablo Escobar’s still-growing hippo herd, is it? (grin)

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06358/748352-82.stm

  14. hippos are one of my fav bebehs!

    has anyone ever seen the house hippo commercial?

    http://www.cca-kids.ca/kids/special/index.html

    I so with they were real!

  15. Karen in Toronto says:

    punkpie: Thanks for the information. Really. No, really (grins).

  16. geekbride says:

    ohmygod!!
    the tinyness is KILLING me!!

  17. Aw, he’s too cute!

  18. Wait, forget the cord vs pee-pee debate, is he pooing in that second pic??

  19. Holy crap! Can you imagine giving birth to a hippopotomus?? Pandas come out pretty small, and lady pandas get front page coverage for their efforts. This gal should get a Nobel prize!

    Cute lil fella. <3

  20. Luvs the tineh hippo-po. Makes you wanna say, can’t we all just get along? If we can all love and get excited about the mini mud-horse in all his chubsness, can’t we be nice to each other too? I’m imagining all the babeh aminals singing “We are the world…” in little chipmunk voices…

  21. Ummmmmmm…. no, sorry! That’s his lil’ bebe hippo… PEENIE WEINIE!

    So – darn – adorable!

  22. too bad hippos can KILL you!

  23. Emily Anonymous says:

    In response to ebee, we are incapable of being nice to each other because not everyone looks like an adorable baby animal. We also see others as threats which this little guy clearly isn’t…Acutally he is kind of a threat, one to my mental capabilities because my brain might cease to function with all this cuteness.

  24. Geez i’ts like in every single picture you have people telling you how vicious that animal is…
    Oh cute koala, but no, it will CLAW YOUR EYES OUT. Oh what an adorable tiger cub, but…they will BITE YOUR ARM OFF. *Sighs* Lets just enjoy the cute, as deadly as it may be??

    Baby hippo looks so wobbly hehe, it’s like he’s going to fall on his side any moment!

  25. deskprimate says:

    I’ve just recently been to Tanzania, where we’d spend hours watching hippos happily wallowing and playing (yep, they can get pretty playful) in their muddy ponds. We didn’t see any really little babies, but we did see some getting made ;)

  26. I wanted a hippopotamus for Christmas, and didn’t get one. I’ll take these though!! So cute! Not just teeny, but pygmy teeny!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Want_a_Hippopotamus_for_Christmas

  27. Any possibility that is a trick of the light? Looks to me like it could be a pink hippo dingaling, and the rest is a leaf on the ground in the background that LOOKS like it is attached. Maybe? Possible?

  28. Temple Cats' Slave in WI says:

    If this sweet teeny wobbly hippster isn’t proof that the world IS good, nothin’ is — and yes, let’s work to get along and clean up the world for HIM, if not for anything else…. I am lovingk thees bebeh. (And he’s not even a cat)

  29. Temple Cats' Slave in WI says:

    If this sweet teeny wobbly hippster isn’t proof that the world IS good, nothin’ is — and yes, let’s work to get along and clean up the world for HIM, if not for anything else…. I am lovingk thees bebeh. (And he’s not even a cat)

  30. Temple Cats' Slave in WI says:

    If this sweet teeny wobbly hippster isn’t proof that the world IS good, nothin’ is — and yes, let’s work to get along and clean up the world for HIM, if not for anything else…. I am lovingk thees bebeh. (And he’s not even a cat)

  31. Temple Cats' Slave in WI says:

    If this sweet teeny wobbly hippster isn’t proof that the world IS good, nothin’ is — and yes, let’s work to get along and clean up the world for HIM, if not for anything else…. I am lovingk thees bebeh. (And he’s not even a cat)

  32. Temple Cats' Slave in WI says:

    If this sweet teeny wobbly hippster isn’t proof that the world IS good, nothin’ is — and yes, let’s work to get along and clean up the world for HIM, if not for anything else…. I am lovingk thees bebeh. (And he’s not even a cat)

  33. Temple Cats' Slave in WI says:

    If this sweet teeny wobbly hippster isn’t proof that the world IS good, nothin’ is — and yes, let’s work to get along and clean up the world for HIM, if not for anything else…. I am lovingk thees bebeh. (And he’s not even a cat)

  34. hey Renee, do you have a two car garage? Cause you have to have one to get a hippopotamus for christmas…gotta have somewhere to give him his massage…LOL!

  35. OMG! That smile in the last one!!!

  36. A Fine Morsel says:

    Love the swing of the ears in the first pic. Like he’s hitchhiking!

  37. I love the loving nudge the mom’s giving him in pic 2.

  38. lezlee – Where’d you go, oh there y’ar way up there.
    I don’t know if ‘Potsie is poopin’ in pic #2, but pic #1 looks like, “Mum, Mum, I gotta pee.” and Mum said, “Just go in the water.”

  39. AliceTanzer says:

    Why is everyone so obsessed with that being a penis? Why can’t it just be an umbelical cord?

  40. I’m pretty sure it is the cord. Otherwise, baby hippos are incredibly well endowed. (comparing body to alleged pee pee ratio).

    Regardless, he is TOTALLY prosh and I love his mom, who’s all “Uhm, I just gave BIRTH to you, what more do you want?”

  41. Reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas songs -

    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    Only a hippopotamus will do
    Don’t want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
    I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    I don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
    He won’t have to use our dirty chimney flue
    Just bring him through the front door,
    that’s the easy thing to do

    I can see me now on Christmas morning,
    creeping down the stairs
    Oh what joy and what surprise
    when I open up my eyes
    to see a hippo hero standing there

    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    Only a hippopotamus will do
    No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
    I only like hippopotamuses
    And hippopotamuses like me too

    Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
    Teacher says a hippo is a vegeterian

    There’s lots of room for him in our two-car garage
    I’d feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage

    I can see me now on Christmas morning,
    creeping down the stairs
    Oh what joy and what surprise
    when I open up my eyes
    to see a hippo hero standing there

    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    Only a hippopotamus will do
    No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses
    I only like hippopotamuseses
    And hippopotamuses like me too!

  42. blackcatgirl says:

    I think Char might have something. It could just be a leaf on the ground that’s sticking up and LOOKS like it’s attached.

  43. It’s nice to think that maybe these two played ‘Hungry Hungry Hippo’ together.

  44. Reminds me of two things:
    1. “It’s not a tumor!” Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop.

    2.
    “Mud! Mud! Glorious mud!
    Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!
    So follow me follow
    Down to the hollow
    And there we will wallow
    In glorious mud!”

  45. http://spamusement.com/index.php/comics/view/284

    (well it’s a LITTLE relevant, anyway)

  46. michellemybelle says:

    I love the baby!!!

    Hippos are so cute – I love it when they wiggle their earses.

  47. HIPPER!

  48. So, I agree that the bit in front of his hind legs is the cord, but the bit behind his hind legs and right in front of Mom’s nose could be baby’s first doodie. In fact, I have a very similar photo of my own cat as a tiny kitten producing a lovely specimen on my bedroom rug in the very same pose as our little friend here (don’t ask how, it was just a “lucky” shot). Both photos are still cute, whatever it may be!

  49. I don’t think that’s a cord, I think it’s his (cough) wee-wee.

  50. What is it about this site? I actually went off and Googled “hippopotamus anatomy” to try and find a definitive answer to the “cord or ?” question.

    (BTW, this guy’s ears are too, too much!)

  51. Regarding all anatomical questions, I think we should consult Hippo-crates.

  52. I was just sittin here, feelin all sorry for myself, ’cause I got a stupid head cold and I feel clogged up. Then I clicked over here and there was a baby hippo and I felt all better and kind of fuzzy, although that might be the drugs I’m taking. But the hippoooooooooo, he is so tiny and trembly and his little neck is so pink and clean.

  53. E. Collison – Yes, what is it about this site? I Googled Baby Hippopotamus umbilical cord. Glagh.

  54. lol Aubrey. Damn.

    Redzilla, ME TOO! Ive been home for three days. *dies* But this image is to die for, and again, you little over-thinkers. WHO CARES. You shouldn’t. And if you do, you got way too much time on yo hands fo sho. Fo shizzle.

  55. kate and ReZ, same here, which means that I *needed* the QTE fix like mad. (And chocolate, too.)

  56. Please omit all pictures of umbilical cord and peen-like structures from future cute pictures. PLEASE.

  57. So what has ‘Potsie gotsie?
    Is it umbilical or penicle?
    Call me an “overthinker”
    I’m only having fun
    It could be a dill pickle
    Or maybe Aubrey has a pun.

  58. ScribblerRN says:

    That is MOST DEFINATELY an umbilical cord. Looks just like a human baby’s umbilical cord. AND I bet that the bit on the ground is the umbililcal cord as well. Mom just didn’t chew it off as close to the belly button as we humans cut off our newborn’s umbilicals. The umbilical cord on a human baby is very long too (prior to cutting of course).

  59. Okay folks! I consulted with my large-animal vet hubby. He’s worked with many a hippo, including many bebehs.

    Umbilical cord? Yes. Absolutely. No question.

    Pee Pee? No. (In fact it was a rather emphatic NO, with a look like I might be crazy.)

    Poop? No. He thought what you all were referring to was actually part of his back leg. The little splash might have indicated a poo, but he didn’t see one in the photo.

    Hope that helps. Also, love the little skin turtleneck bebeh’s wearing. So cute to be so fashion forward so young.

    Sandy

  60. Awwwww! Poor mama hippo looks EXHAUSTED! ‘Course, if I had to squeeze something THAT BIG outta me, I’d be pretty tuckered out too. Lord knows I was pretty pooped after birthing BabyBookworm, and he was only 7 lbs!

  61. paula! I just got back from Christmas with my siblings (we’re all in our 40s) and as we do every year, sang that song with our kids at top volume. Couldn’t help myself – I sat here and sang through the whole thing again. Knowing my luck, that silly tune will haunt me the rest of the day, but thanks anyway for the smile.

  62. jenni joon says:

    umbilical. hippo pee-pee. what-evs! this is the farging cutest thing I’ve seen in, well, days I guess (lol). damn. you did it again, CO. How? How DO you do it. After a 5 hour meeting at work talking about budgets (i know… zzzz), this was exactly what the doctor ordered! tank-ewe!!

  63. This peni-ano has certainly struck a cord.

    Sorry.
    Lunch is over.
    I’m still hungry.
    I have to get back to work.

  64. “You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass.”

    (not directed at Aubrey… spot the quote?)

  65. T., I don’t recognize it. Still, you’re no match for my brains.

  66. YAY!

  67. …er, INCONCEIVABLE!
    ‘swhat I meant.

  68. Oh oh oh! The Princess Bride!!

    also: eeeee baby hippo!

  69. Maybe it’s a Rodent Of Unusual Size.

  70. blackcatgirl says:

    I love Princess Bride!

  71. Emily Anonymous says:

    No more rhymes now I mean it,
    Anbody want a peanut.

    Yeah the princess bride, I can recite the whole movie Theo.

  72. Princess Bride?

  73. You got to be quick around here…

  74. Aubrey – Bon Hippotite.

  75. Leeetull Heeeeeeppohhhhhhh!

    So adorablicious.

  76. Pyrit
    I don’t think you mean it
    Hippocrite

  77. Beauregard says:

    Oh JEEBUS that’s killer cute!!!

  78. I just have to agree that momma hippo looks tiiii-red!! :) L’il bebeh (who’s not necessarily even a “he”) is adorable!!!

    Hippos are one of my favorite animals because I had a really big stuffed blue hippo that my mom made for me when I was a baby.

    More hippos!!

  79. Aubrey – “Here’s mud in yer eye.”

  80. i know it is only my opinion, I don’t mean to start a riot, but in my view although somewhat intriguing, maybe even cute-esque…i don’t know the whole slimy thing and something about his mug in general…i don’t know it disturbs me. it maybe makes me smirk a little but … no i don’t think it’s quite cute. it could, paradoxically, appear cute if it were on ugly overload. what can I say, it’s friday and I’m making no sense. at any rate I am glad everyone else likes it (when they aren’t debating anatomy, and thank you Sandy for the official statement!). of course i have never believed in the eye capsules rule, so that may be the hitch. chub, on the other hand, i endorse wholeheartedly.

  81. i have a new analysis. he is like a cutie wearing an ugly suit. the essence of cute…but cloaked in ugly. think of a pretty boy dressed in a horrendously bad outfit and you’ll see what I mean.

  82. Humph, pyrit…

    (mudders something under her breath)

  83. He’s a cute little booger. Probably about as slimey as one, too.

  84. Oh, Redz is maybe being a hippochondriac and Aubrey apparently is in a hipponotized muddle.

  85. ballet_chick says:

    its sooooooooo cute i want 1

  86. Gah! Too much hippo talk! It’s becoming a hippo-drone!

  87. I like the pic in the middle where Mom is giving him a boost onto dry land.

  88. oooh how cute =)

  89. Butt dimple!

  90. He’s all rubbery and unsure, can barely walk–his li’l ears are the same size as mom’s nostril! Tired mom, but lookin’ proud.

  91. That is one proud mama you wait 18 months to see you kid I’d be really happy too, cute, cute and triple cute

  92. wow, he has pink cheeks!

  93. Looks like that “Ordeal” totally wore out “Mom”…

    The little critter is cute… hehe

  94. Wow guys, this made Fark.com!!! Everyone lurvs baby animals!!!

  95. sadie_asher says:

    Shouldn’t there be a section just for newborns? This is simply the most precious baby I’ve ever seen!

  96. TeratoMarty says:

    Being a dude, I generally attempt to avoid going “SQUEEEE!” But the baby hippo did make me clap my hand over my mouth and make a noise like a vaccuum cleaner that has just tried to inhale a whole sheet of newspaper.

  97. michellemybelle says:

    1. Princess Bride is on this very moment (well, it’s almost over, but still)
    2. Yay for making FARK!
    3. This posting caused me to introduce a coworker to CO, as I had to share the adorableness of the babeh with him – new peeps!

  98. wait what? Fark?? Gimmethelinks!!!
    [goes hunting]

  99. http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2521292

    …OK, found it.
    (Maya the hyper-ass foster mama cat is now trying to curl up on my SHOULDER as I type this. She’s not large… ‘cept round the midsection… but she’s not the size of a damn PARROT either. Claws OUT of my neck please, missy.)

    [Prrt?]
    [Prrt?]

  100. Must share this too… someone over in the Fark forum thread posted this vid:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xMC5f6aeeU

    [ker-LOL.]

  101. michellemybelle says:

    No babies yet, Theo? I think Maya’s faking so she can stay with you longer.

    I saw the still from the video in the comments, but didn’t click on it (who knows what you’re gonna get if a TFarker posts something, ya dig?), but OH MY GOD!!! That’s just great! I love the peanut butter footprints. I’m totally stealing it for vox.

  102. They’re kittens, y’know, not toast. They’re not done yet!

  103. Do North American House Hippos defend their territory from scorpions? I so need a few of them around the condo. They would be way cooler than chickens. Probably fly under the HOA radar better, too.

  104. not a poo, but a tiny baby hippo tail!

  105. Oh my goodness! He’s totally anerable with a side of squibbs! (chubbs) Doe Dweet! (*nibbling my fist*)

  106. Rosie had a baby!

  107. ok. this is the best thing EVER!!!!!!!!
    i have seen newborn pigmy (such a cute word) hippos at the toronto zoo. the resident mum has one every few years. they are the cutest animals i have ever seen i have had a pigmy hippo obsession for years, thank you so much for this. i am beyond words……………….
    bless you meg…

  108. Theo – Am I reading too much into your comment?

  109. SHRIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!! BAAAAAABY HIPPOPOPOPOO!!! The ears! The feets! I am keeled!

    Meg, PLEASE have some hippopotamercy on us! My head can’t withstand so many asplosions!

    I am willing to encounter all the piranhas of the South East Asian rivers to get to this baby!

    Er … not really. But I still want the hippopopopoo*SPLODE*

  110. Did you see the bugs flying over the poor kid in the first pic? I feel bad for him… :(

    Shoo, flies, shoo!!

  111. …OK, found it.
    (Maya the hyper-ass foster mama cat is now trying to curl up on my SHOULDER …)

    Theo, is it kittens yet? Huh? Is it? I think Maya is nesting, and her preferred delivery place is going to be right on your shoulder. Just think of the posts! Back on topic: I do not care for the end of the househippo video, and I choose to believe that it is faked. The ending, I mean. And I want a pair of HHOs.

  112. Oh he is the most precious baby EVER.

    And, I really DO want a house hippo, too. I think the ending IS faked! Down with AntiHouseHippo Propaganda!!!!

  113. Ooooh, look how tired poor Mama is in the last two pics. Take a nap, dear!

  114. OMG!!!H1POS! says:

    i have neeeeeeeeeever ever seen a hippo like this!!!!omg!

  115. house hips for everyone!!!!!
    i’d like a tiny house ely too please….ooo ooo and a house pandy, and pingy
    and a spider monkey

    thank you santa

  116. sillygirl says:

    I definitely want a house hippo but I wonder who would win him or the cats?

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  118. He’s got …

    Yoshi cheeks. Yes.

    That cute little expression Yoshi always wears is definitely in play here.

  119. I want a hippopotmus for Christmas…..Only a hippopotamous will do…..don’t want a dol…no dinky tinker toy…..i want a hippopotamous to play with and adore

  120. Well, I hate to break the news, people, but that is undeniably a hippo “wee-wee.” I live on a very unusual farm, and I have been the mid-wife to a variety of very unusual animals. Yes, that is where his “thing” would be; it is not too far up on his tummy. If it was an umbilical cord, it would not have the protruding belly flesh near the top, it would be much thinner, shorter, and shrivled up by this point. On the other topic, I can’t tell what exactly the thing in the back is, but I think it is simply a very cute baby pygmy hipo tail.

    Oh, and SO CUTE IS THE BABY PYGMY HIPO.

  121. For anyone who wants to translate Nathaly Araujo’s site into English, try this:
    http://world.altavista.com/babelfish/tr

  122. *Hippo

  123. I want a hippo too! The mom is so dead tired and the babe so frisky. This really made me “Awwwww”.

  124. Look at how tired the mommy is!!

  125. This hippo is so cute it makes me nervous. I bet he gives nice hugs.

  126. katherine says:

    for pygmy hippo enthusiasts:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_hippo

    I for one am very disappointed now that I’ve read this — I saw a pygmy hippo at the Prague zoo housed in what looked suspiciously like a bathtub. For years now I have fantasized about having a bath-tub sized hippo in my home, and walking him on a leash. Now I find they actually weigh 400 pounds. I can barely handle my 60 lb dog on a leash, what am I going to do with a 400 lb hippo?

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