Prince Harry the Pygmy Hippo Dies

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Only days after losing famous 39-pound shelter cat Meow, the animal world is saddened by another tragic death. According to The (U.K.) Daily Mail, Prince Harry the pygmy hippo has died.

Born in March at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa, Prince Harry quickly caught the world's attention with his precious face and heart-warming story. After being rejected by his mother, the extremely rare animal was hand-raised by the ranch's staff.

Everything seemed to be going well for the tiny hippo who had previously survived against the odds, until he underwent surgery for a hernia. Towards the end of the operation, Prince Harry went into respiratory arrest and then heart failure. Doctors attempted to resuscitate Harry, but the beloved animal died on the operating table.

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The wildlife park is devastated by the loss, especially Prince Harry's primary caretaker, Toni Inggs. Harry was a beacon of hope for the ranch that was trying to boost the population of the critically endangered species. Prince Harry will be missed by those who took care of him and by the countless fans all over the world who fell in love with him during his brief life.

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Juan R.

I agree with everyone who feels that this was probably not an urgent surgery and could have been held off till he was at a better stage to cope with a surgery..

that was really foolish.. somebody better be fired at that zoo.

BAD CALL

Now im pissed... I liked that little guy..

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May 10 2012 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pjconrow

what idiot vets

May 10 2012 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
katrina

i am sorry for the hippo it was so cute :'(

May 10 2012 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pjconrow

no kiding

May 10 2012 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
garwom1

I saw him kissing one of his zoo people and had a great day thinking about that little guy that day. Damn I'm sorry he didn't live for a very long time he was amazing sweet!!!!

May 10 2012 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redliontat

It is a sad story. That lil guy was precious and would have had a big fan base. Something seems wrong about the operation, could they not wait until it matured and fully weaned?

May 10 2012 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crallern

hernia surgery - really? unnecessary and caused his death. shame on those veterinarians.

May 10 2012 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guadalupe Holt

he just wasn't meant to live...so dad :(

May 10 2012 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gustavoike

Its very likely the vets werent experienced enough with this rare species to do this surgery and he died of anesthesia error, poor understand of the physiology or even worse, poor placement of the respiratory tubing. This is why he shouldbe been shipped off to a proper facility in the States or Europe. Poor baby. No one to look out for him. Let this be a lesson to all of us entering the halls of healing.

May 10 2012 at 7:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Debbie Morrison

I just hate when they post these stories, it's so sad.

May 10 2012 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shchait@verizon.net

Morons...did u really have to operate at that age for a hernia!!! Get new administration they are chop shop expatriates!!!

May 10 2012 at 6:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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