Obi is a recent addition to Melbourne Zoo, having been born 3 weeks ago to proud hippo parents Felix and Petre. He belongs to the endangered pygmy hippopotamus species and belongs to a program that aims to try and restore their numbers in captivity. Obi, which translates to the heart in the native Nigerian language, will, therefore, be partnered with a female to breed in the years to come. In the meantime, Obi enjoys swimming around the pools of his home, something he will need plenty of practice to grow big and strong. As manager Justin Valentine explains “He loves the water and spends hours in the small pool, so he is ready for the next step,” said sea manager Justin Valentine. But “he’s only little so about 10 to 15 minutes and he’s a bit tired and he has to take a break. And then he’s back into it right away,” he added. Pygmy hippos are endangered, although it’s difficult to know their exact numbers due to their dense rain-forest habitat.