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Pygmy Hippopotamus and Calf (CollectA - Wild Life)

Started by brontodocus, July 03, 2014, 04:28:28 PM

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Finally, 2014 brought us a Pygmy Hippopotamus (actually, it's even two of them) by a major brand! :D So here are the new CollectA Wild Life Pygmy Hippopotamus (88686) & Calf (88687), Choeropsis (syn.: Hexaprotodon) liberiensis (Morton, 1849). While I haven't measured the calf (which would represent a very young one that should probably be a good deal smaller to be in scale with the adult, but that's often the case with adults and calves by the same manufacturer), the adult has a snout-vent length of 101 mm, a shoulder height of 47, and a total height of 51 mm, so the scale is approx. 1:16 - 1:17. The last photo gives a size comparison with the huge Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders Hippopotamus which is about the same scale (1:15 - 1:17).

Not only more terrestrial and much smaller than its larger cousin, the Pygmy Hippopotamus is also much rarer, restricted to a few Western African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire, with a population or subspecies in Nigeria already being extinct). With a total population of probably less than 3,000 individuals remaining, IUCN classifies the species as "Endangered".

























Edit 2017-02-05: Fixed broken image urls.

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Jetoar

Another great walk arounds as always  ^-^. Collecta definetly have done a great work with these figures. I hope to see this figure in stores for my birthday  ^-^.
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MartinH

They are wonderful. I was not sure if I want them but now... on my wishlist for sure  :) :)

OkapiBoy

Lovely figures, so great to  have another obscure species added to the list. The baby is cute :)

brontodocus

Many thanks, all!  :) Yes, I believe the calf is one of the cutest animal toy figures I've ever seen... but it really matches the real thing. I've once seen a baby in Duisburg Zoo, they are also quite tiny just after birth, not much larger than a human baby! ;D

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