The adorable pygmy hippo hasn’t been named yet but has gone on show at Edinburgh Zoo (Picture: PA)

An endangered baby pygmy hippo has been born at Edinburgh Zoo.

The female calf weighed just 5.4kg when she was born last month and is now going on show to the public.

Born to parents Otto and Gloria on April 17, she has grown to 8.4kg in a few weeks.

Zookeeper Jonny Appleyard said: ‘Our new arrival is doing really well and is growing stronger and more confident every day.

‘As she is still so young, we are limiting opening hours and numbers in our indoor viewing area to give the calf and mum Gloria some time to get used to visitors.

‘The first 30 days are critical for her development, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on them both at this sensitive time and plan to name her in the coming weeks.’

Pygmy hippos are endangered in their native West Africa (Picture: PA)
The tiny calf is being looked after by her mum Gloria (Picture: PA)
The little hippo weighed just 5.4kg when she was born (Picture: PA)

Pygmy hippos are native to West Africa where populations have rapidly declined because of habitat destruction by logging, farming and human settlements.

They are also hunted by poachers for bushmeat.

Jonny added: ‘It has been great to be able to welcome our wonderful visitors back to the zoo and hope it won’t be long before they can spot our little calf.

‘Every visit helps care for our amazing animals, like our pygmy hippos, and protects threatened species in Scotland and across the world.’

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