Penelope the Pygmy Hippo at The Toronto Zoo

Penelope the Pygmy Hippo

Following an online vote, the Toronto Zoo has finally named its newest endangered pygmy hippo calf.

The zoo announced Thursday their newest — and possibly cutest — addition has been named Penelope.

The Toronto Zoo held an online vote from Sept. 21 to Oct. 2, in which participants could choose from four names: Alika, Penelope, Zola and Zawadi.

Penelope” is derived from a Greek word meaning “weaver.”

Mother Kindia gave birth to Penelope at the zoo on Aug. 10. She is the seventh pygmy hippo to be born at the facility.

Penelope is currently just 23 kilograms, but could grow to weigh up to 272 kilograms.

The public can visit Penelope and Kindia daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who voted to pick the name for our pygmy hippo calf! Stop by and visit Penelope daily in the African Rainforest pavilion from 9:30am to 3:00pm, and try out our new Snapchat filter while you’re at it

Penelope the Pygmy Hippo

Penelope the Pygmy Hippo

Penelope the Pygmy Hippo Playing In Pool With Mom Kindia

Watch as our baby pygmy calf plays with mom Kindia in their pool! She is mouthing mom to play but also “act tough”. Keepers say at times she can be very sassy 

Go Underwater With Toronto Zoo's Pygmy Hippo Calf

Baby Pygmy Calf Lunch With Mom Kinda

Pygmy Hippo Calf "Eating" With Mom Kindia

Our pygmy hippo baby continues to grow! She continues to mouth mom’s food, this time featuring her produce (iceberg lettuce, zucchini, carrots) and drasina leaves. Pygmy hippos will start eating solid foods at ~ 2 to 4 months of age and they are weaned at 6 to 8 months

Penelope the Pygmy Hippo Exploring Her New Habitat

Toronto Zoo Pygmy Hippo Calf Taking a Bath

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Viewer react to Penelope the Pygmy Hippo

Joy Simms As Pygmy hippos are a West African animal, please vote to give her an appropriate name that honours her beautiful home environment!! Alika, Zola, or Zawadi are gorgeous names.

Cheryl Campbell who remembers the ad for the House Hippo ? This picture reminds me of that

Claudia Leung I love the name Penelope until we saw her on the weekend. She does not look like a Penelope.

Aaron Talbot How bout furaha ya “kiboko”. Means happy hippo in Swahili Such a cute little character.

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