A hippo calf, born Monday, playing with his mother, Funani. Photo credit: Lee Rieber/San Diego Zoo
A hippo calf, born Monday, playing with its mother, Funani. Photo credit: Lee Rieber/San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo announced the birth of a hippopotamus and, so far, things appear to be going swimmingly.

The birth of the hippo, the sex of which has not been determined, took place around 6:30 a.m. Monday, said Jenny Mehlow of the zoo.

Mehlow said animal keepers are keeping a close eye on the mother and calf, who appears to be nursing and doing well.

The mother, 30-year-old Funani, also gave birth last year, but that calf died several days later. Funani, a native of the Toledo Zoo in Ohio, has given birth a total of 11 times, seven in San Diego, Mehlow said.

The father was recently taken off exhibit and will remain in a separate area for the time being, leaving Funani and the calf in the main tank, according to Mehlow.

—City News Service