20 Dec '11, 5am

Pygmy Hippo Filmed for the First Time in Liberia

It's hard not to gush upon seeing one of nature's most perfectly pudgy creations, the rare Pygmy Hippo -- though until now, spotting them in their natural habitat had been no easy task. But now, for the very first time, a team of scientists have managed to capture a few precious moments of footage of a wild pygmy hippo in the forests of Liberia. With only an estimated 2,000 of the diminutive animals left in their West African ecosystem, lifting the shroud of mystery that surrounds pygmy hippos just might be the only way to save them. The BBC reports that researchers from Fauna and Flora International, along with the Zoological Society of London and the Forestry Development Authority of Liberia were able to film the rare scene above with the help of motion-sensing camera traps. The nocturnal animals are known for being quite difficult to study; in fact, their very existence...

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