Prague, Nov 22 (CTK) – The Prague Zoo has acquired a new hippopotamus from France, a three-year-old male called Tchéco (Czech), the zoo has announced in a press release.
The hippo was born on October 28, the Czech national holiday marking the anniversary of the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918, and named Tchéco in honor of the date.
For the time being, Tchéco is staying in quarantine. He is to be presented to the public in several weeks.
Tchéco has come from the Plaisance Du Touch safari park near Toulouse. His former French attendants described him as a very friendly, calm but also curious animal.
“In the future, he should be united with Maruska, the [Prague zoo’s hippo] female whose partner Slavek died last autumn,” zoo deputy director Jaroslav Simek said.
The zoo opened to the public in 1931. It has been keeping hippos since 1933.