An adorable baby hippo’s life was saved after spending several days stranded alone in a thick mud pool in Kenya.
Humpty was spotted in the fast-drying mud swamp after being abandoned by her mother. Rescuers from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and a Kenya Wildlife Service vet pulled her to safety with a huge net.
Rescuers waded through knee deep mud to reach Humpty in a daring rescue shared by Caters News. The hippo was found to be dehydrated, sunburnt and barely able to move.
"The baby hippo had been observed for a few days to ascertain that it was, in fact, an orphan,” A DSWT spokesperson said. "Given the remoteness and inaccessibility of the area, rescuing Humpty certainly presented a challenge. But a challenge we had to rise to, as, without intervention, it was evident she was going to die.”
Thankfully, Humpty will now go on to live a full life. She is recovering at a local rehabilitation clinic where she will remain until she can return to the wild.
"Thankfully, the rescue was a seamless success and we were able to extract Humpty by helicopter without a hitch," the spokesperson said: "Safe to say, our little orphan Humpty is an exceptionally spoiled and lucky little baby hippo."