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Baby hippo at San Diego Zoo gets a name

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 11:00:27-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A baby hippopotamus born at the San Diego Zoo this month has a name.

The zoo says the river hippo calf will be called Amahle (pronounced ah-MAH'-shay), which means "beautiful one" in Zulu.

The name was announced Friday on "Good Morning America," which held an online poll asking viewers to choose among three African names.

Amahle was born on Feb. 8. The zoo says she weighs about 100 pounds and is "active and healthy."

Amahle is the ninth hippo calf born at the zoo and the 13th to her mother, Funani.