Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Hippo Vanishes

In Courtesy of Thairath

CHIANG MAI – Two-month-old Hippopotamus from Chiang Mai Night Safari mysteriously disappeared from its cage.

The baby hippo was relocated last week due to cold weather around its cage to a vet for recovery. The hippo weighs around 50 kilograms and is two months old.

At the safari’s animal hospital center, there was no bathtub or a pond for the baby hippo to be in so it was sent outside where the safari provided a special warm water pond for the hippo to be in – the pond was completely caged, with extra caretakers and security watching the hippo day and night.

In the morning however, the hippo had disappeared from its cage.

The hippo was seen submerging under water for some time and then disappeared from the cage. The pond is an artificial container placed in the ground, so the possibility of the baby hippo digging its way out is impossible.

Later on, the safari’s officers found footprints thought to be the baby hippo’s in the woods a few kilometers away from the safari. The hippo is still missing. And the safari is still searching.

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak