Zoo gets ‘hippopotamus for Christmas’
The Oklahoma City zoo welcomed Francesca the pygmy hippopotamus with help from the singer who made famous the holiday song “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.”
Singer Gayla Peevey recently heralded the 26-year-old hippo’s arrival at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, just in time for the holidays, KOCO reported.
Franny, described by her caretakers as confident and calm, joins Wolee, a 43-year-old male pygmy hippo, at the zoo, KOCO reported.
“Hippos are an iconic part of the OKC Zoo’s legacy and we’re excited for Wolee to have a new companion in Francesca.” said Kevin Drees, director of animal collections.
Peevey announced Franny’s arrival at the zoo’s annual Hippo Holiday Sing-along on Saturday, KOCO, reported.
The hippo was transported from her previous home at the San Diego Zoo with funds from the FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative, KOCO reported.
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