Two dogs and their one big pal, Douglas the little hippo: Trio form unlikely friendship at wildlife rescue park after baby was abandoned at just two weeks.
The baby hippo was abandoned by his mother at just two-weeks-old.
Perfectly happy for terriers Molly and Coco to give him a friendly sniff.
He will stay at wildlife park until big enough to be released into the wild.
Although just weeks old, it took six men to carry Douglas out of the plane
They are not the most likely of friends – but this lonely hippo has made some canine chums at a wildlife sanctuary.
The baby was found abandoned without his mother at just two weeks old by the Conservation Lower Zambezi in Zambia.
Called Douglas, the hippo appears perfectly content as terriers Molly and Coco gave him a friendly sniff.
Male hippos grow to 5ft in height and 15ft in length.
Although just weeks old, it took six men to carry Douglas out of the plane.
The baby hippo would have weighed around 100 pounds (45 kg) at birth but could grow up to 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg).
Hippos, found in the wild only in Africa, spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cooling the hot sun and can live up to 40 years.
To adopt Douglas the hippo and to help fund his care, visit www.bornfree.org.uk.
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