Endangered pygmy hippo baby is as important to his species as he is adorable.

Endangered pygmy hippo baby is as important to his species as he is adorable.
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Endangered pygmy hippo baby is as important to his species as he is adorable.

With great awwww comes great responsibility.

You know how your Facebook friends think their pudgy, kinda-cute baby is actually important and noteworthy? Those people are idiots, but if Flora the 28-year-old mother of this endangered baby pygmy hippopotamus could use Facebook, she would be the exception (she's also heroically battling cancer, so be glad this pygmy hippo mom isn't on social media because she would run the place).

The as-yet-unnamed male baby was born at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England on Boxing Day, because apparently Christmas wasn't cute enough and Flora held out for the more whimsical holiday celebrated by the British (and their less-rebellious colony nations).

Pygmy hippos weighs less than a fourth what their full-sized brethren, which is good because not only is it way more adorable, it makes them less likely to snap you in half with their half-ton jaws--a major problem with big hippos, aka the most dangerous large animal in Africa.

Endangered pygmy hippo baby is as important to his species as he is adorable.

Walk into the club like whatup, I got one of the only pygmy hippo male reproductive systems in captivity.

They are also super legit endangered--there are only 2,000 left! Fortunately, Whipsnade Zoo has a breeding program, and this little guy is their third success. He's extra special because there are very few male calves in captivity. In other words, the future of the specied is quite literally in this baby's hands...not at all like the unimportant human spawn clogging up your Feed.

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