SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A hippopotamus born at the San Diego Zoo five days ago was found dead Thursday, zoo officials said.
Zoo staffers made the discovery during routine morning observations, zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons said. The cause of death was unknown, she said.
On Wednesday, the zoo announced the birth and said the mother, Funani, had kept the calf so close that animal keepers could not determine if the baby was male or female. Simmons called her "an experienced mother and very attentive" mother.
It was Funani's fifth calf, the zoo said. She last gave birth in 2011. The father is named Otis.
Hippopotamuses are a threatened species, facing both natural predators and man-made dangers such as poaching, according to the zoo.
With so many obstacles in the wild, mother hippos are known to be very protective of their newborns.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department has closed Mission Gorge/Edgemoor, Mission Gorge/Riverview Parkway, and Buena Vista Avenue/Cottonwood due to a gas leak.
Tuesday is one of the cheesiest days of the year. Sept. 18 is the made-up holiday of National Cheeseburger Day, and restaurants are celebrating with discounts and free burgers.
The San Diego City Council Monday unanimously approved a plan to revitalize the Midway and Pacific Highway communities by adding parkland, pedestrian pathways and increased capacity for housing and making a series of traffic improvements.
A fiery multi-vehicle crash on state Route 163 near Miramar sent one person to a hospital Tuesday morning.
Controversy swirled up again in Encinitas over a staircase project proposed for Beacon’s Beach. The city has long been looking to replace the iconic Switchback Trail leading to Beacon’s Beach with a concrete staircase but many residents are not embracing the idea.
Stretches of state Route 163 will be closed beginning Monday night and continuing through Friday morning for maintenance work and to reduce the height of the overpass at Friars Road, Caltrans announced.
Temperatures Tuesday are near average, continuing to cool through Friday. Gusty winds in the mountains and deserts from the afternoon through evening.
The 22-year-old man who was shot by sheriff's deputies near the ticket window of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was arraigned at his hospital bed at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla on Monday.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey.