Pygmy Animals Are So Cute We Dare Your Heart Not To Melt

Pygmy Hippos Are One Of Two Hippo Species Still Alive Today

A 14-day-old pygmy hippopotamus, native to the forests and swamps of West Africa, is presented to the press at the Buin Zoo, in Buin, about 50km south of Santiago, on July 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
A 14-day-old pygmy hippopotamus, native to the forests and swamps of West Africa, is presented to the press at the Buin Zoo, in Buin, about 50km south of Santiago, on July 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

The pygmy hippo was discovered in the 1800s and was introduced to zoos in the 1900s. A smaller version of the huge and more territorial standard hippo, pygmies co-exist well in zoos, where most of the research on them has been done.

One interesting thing about pygmy hippos is where they may have descended from. According to recent research, hippos aren’t related to pigs, but whales instead. That means pygmy hippos are literally land whales! Up next, blink and you’ll miss the pygmy owl.