Gori the hungry young hippo had a right calf trying to get to grips with his underwater birthday cake.
The young hippo was celebrating his second birthday at Spain’s BIOPARC zoo in Valencia on 25th May when keepers cooked up a special treat for him.
Video footage released by the zoo shows how a cake full of Gori’s favourite treats was prepared and then sunk in his pool for him to find.
And the footage reveals how he made short work of the fruit and veg birthday snack with just a few bites from his massive jaws.
The common hippopotamus ( Hippopotamus amphibius ) is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list and BIOPARC actively participates in its conservation through the European breeding program.
BIOPARC says it also concentrates on environmental enrichment which aims to improve the quality of life of animals by enhancing their instincts.
For the park team, Gori’s birthday was also an emotional moment remembering that Gori arrived at the toughest moments of the pandemic and his name was given to him in honour of the deceased relative of a colleague of the park.
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