FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2013
CONTACT: San Diego Zoo Global
Photo News ReleaseHippos at San Diego Zoo Begin to Share Exhibit
Hippos Otis and Funani were reunited this morning at the San Diego Zoo after spending the last 2 1/2 years apart. During the introduction, the two were very interested in each other and showed only slight signs of being territorial, with 3,600-pound Funani making it clear, by showing her teeth and nipping at Otis, that the rock in the middle of the 150,000-gallon pool was hers and Otis, who weighs 3,900 pounds, might want to find another place to be.
Animal care staff are preparing the two animals to live together full time. The hippopotamus is a social animal known to live in groups of 10 to 30 animals in the rivers and lakes of central Africa. For the last two years, Otis and Funani alternated their days on exhibit while Funani cared for their calf, Adhama, born on January 28, 2011. Adhama, whose name means honor or glory in Swahili, was recently weaned from his mother and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo; Otis is on loan from that zoo.
If the reintroduction continues to go well and keepers don’t see signs of aggression or territorial fighting, Zoo guests can expect to see Otis and Funani sharing the exhibit.Photo taken on July 2, 2013, by Ken Bohn, photographer, San Diego Zoo.
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