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closeup photo ? Martin Harvey/WWF
pygmy hippo ? Martin Harvey/WWF

It's a pygmy hippopotamus!

The pygmy hippopotamus—an endangered species—resembles the closely related common hippopotamus but is much smaller. Pygmy hippos may weigh up 600 pounds, while common hippos can weigh more than 7,000 pounds.

Unlike common hippos, pygmy hippos usually live alone, except when they are mating or with a calf. They are mainly nocturnal, spending the day in water and moving to land at night to feed on leaves, roots, fruits, ferns, and grasses. Pygmy hippos can be found in western Africa, mainly in Liberia but also in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast.

Deforestation is the biggest threat to pygmy hippos

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