Harry the Pygmy Hippo Gets Royal Treatment at Sanctuary

Harry the Hippo

Matthew Tabaccos/Barcroft Media/Landov

updated 03/30/2012 AT 3:30 PM ET

originally published 03/30/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET

It’s exhausting being Prince Harry, especially if you’re a pygmy hippo calf getting the royal treatment in South Africa.

This hippopotamus, born last week at the Cango Wildlife Ranch, weighed just 11 lbs. at birth. He was named after Prince Harry “as he shows true grit and is passionate about Africa,” says reserve manager Rob Hall.

“Our little guy is already proving he’s made of similar stuff and is determined to make the most of life.”

Unlike his namesake, this Harry was rejected by his mother, Hilda, so the calf is being hand-reared by the sanctuary’s staff. He gets bottle-fed every three hours, and will continue to receive round-the-clock care for the next three months.

Pygmy hippos are critically endangered in the wild, with fewer than 3,000 remaining.

Matthew Tabaccos/Barcroft Media/Landov

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