Ah, the ever-elusive “house hippo.” This chip-eating, mitten-nest-building, crumb-scavenging little critter was the star of an infamous PSA, and whenever it came on TV we would yearn for one of our very own:
And then our hopes would quickly be dashed by the narrator, who brought this devastating dose of reality: “That looked really real, but you knew it couldn’t be true, didn’t you?”
Well, they lied. Check this bad girl out:
— BBC News Magazine (@BBCNewsMagazine) September 4, 2014
That adorable little pygmy hippo is called Olivia, and if she’s not the closest thing to a real “house hippo” we don’t know what is. Born in a Swedish zoo, the rare hippo has been dubbed “Michelin Man,” according to the BBC. The nickname suits her well, don’t you think? Although she was born last month, photos and videos of this cutie have just been released.
These guys are an endangered species — there are only a few thousand left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. So, while they might be cute to look at, we’d suggest that you don’t go looking for a house hippo of your own.