It’s hard to predict what will catch Hannah the pygmy hippo’s fancy.
“She gets offered new items, like a traffic cone, a barrel, hay bales and natural items like bamboo and palm fronds to enrich her environment,” says Ali Crumpacker, director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center. That’s the Humane Society’s California sanctuary, where this rare girl has lived in a 13,000 square foot paddock after being rescued from her previous owner’s backyard about a dozen years ago.
Pigmy hippos, which are listed as “endangered“ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, usually grow to between about 400 and 600 pounds — so finding the right toys for Hannah can be tricky.
“She ignores some items, and others she plays with until they fall apart,” says Crumpacker. “As a nocturnal animal, Hannah tends to play with her toys at night when the staff is not on-site. They usually only know how much she is enjoying a specific item by how dirty and dented it gets! “
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