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Clumsy baby hippo loves being by mom’s side

Such tender moments with Mom and Baby Hippo in the wild.

While most people know hippos as lethargic but powerful water-loving animals, few would think of them as positive examples of motherhood. This video proves that hippos make fantastic mothers to their young.

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Like many baby mammals, the adorable gray hippo baby wanted nothing more than to be by their mama’s side. Wherever she went, the baby hippo was right behind, following her all around the watering hole.

True to form, the hippos spent a lot of their time resting with the rest of their herd. And the mama and baby were always side by side, eyes contentedly closed.

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But just because they were sleeping did not mean this mom and baby duo were boring to watch. While they were resting on the land, the baby had trouble keeping balance and gradually teetered over the edge into the water.

If you were not laughing already after watching that, the mama hippo’s reaction was priceless. The moment her baby fell into the water, she shot up confused and alert, staring down at her clumsy baby.

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After the two of them walked around on land, it was time to go back into the water for naptime. This time, the baby rested their head on their mama’s shoulder.

While most are quick to point out how dangerous these territorial animals can be, this video shows a completely different side of them that will have even the coldest hearts warming right up.

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Clumsy baby hippo loves being by mom’s side