Pygmy hippopotamus having a nap.

Pygmy Hippopotamus


The pygmy hippopotamus looks a lot like like its full sized cousin.

Pygmy hippopotamus.

Pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis), Toronto Zoo.

The pygmy hippopotamus resembles the common hippopotamus in other ways as well, for example it is also semi-aquatic.

Pygmy hippopotamus swimming.

Pygmy hippopotamus swimming.

On the other hand the pygmy hippopotamus is a lot smaller than the common hippopotamus, about the size of a really large domestic pig. Unlike its cousin, the pygmy hippopotamus is not a bloodthirsty maniac and they try not to fight each other.

Pygmy hippopotamus having a nap.

Pygmy hippopotamus having a nap.

The pygmy hippopotamus is a vegetarian and it eats mostly leaves and fruits on dry land.
Pygmy Hippopotamus.

Further Readings:

Pygmy hippopotamus on Animals A-Z.
Pygmy hippopotamus on Wikipedia.
Pygmy hippopotamus on the Toronto Zoo website.
Last updated: August 11, 2014

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