Friday, May 11, 2012

Prince Harry the Pygmy Hippo Dies

Photo: Facebook/Cango Wildlife Ranch

Prince Harry, the adorable pygmy hippopotamus rejected by its mother who became an internet sensation, has died suddenly.

The 3-month old cutie, who was being hand raised at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Outdshoorn, South Africa, died suddenly from respiratory arrest and heart failure while having emergency surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. Despite repeated attempts by staff to revive the animal, he never regained consciousness and died on the operating table. 

The tiny hippo quickly became an internet sensation after photographs of him giving a care-giver a tender smooch on the nose were posted on the wildlife ranch's official website as well as their Facebook page. 

During his short life, Harry helped raise awareness of the plight of the endangered pygmy hippo in Africa, of which there are only an estimated 3,000 remaining in the wild. To view more photographs of tiny Harry or to leave a note of condolence, you may visit Prince Harry's Facebook page. 

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