Hippos Reunited at San Diego Zoo

Otis and Funani had been living separately the last 2.5 years, according to the zoo

By Christina London
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 5:31 PM PDT
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Hippos Reunited at San Diego Zoo

Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo

Otis and Funani

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Staff at the San Diego Zoo hopes two hippopotamuses will soon be able to live together in harmony.

Male hippo Otis and female hippo Funani were placed in the same enclosure Tuesday after spending the past two and a half years apart, according to a zoo news release. They were separated in 2011 after the birth of their calf, Adhama.

The reintroduction went well, according to the zoo. However, the zoo said Funani did act a little territorial, showing her teeth and nipping at Otis.

Since 2011, Otis and Funani have been alternating their days on display. If the reintroduction continues to go well, they will share the exhibit full-time.

Their calf Adhama recently finished weaning and was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo, according to the release.
 

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