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15-year-old hippo joins 'Splish' at Memphis Zoo

Binti, a 15-year-old hippo, was born in Denver in 1998. (Source: Memphis Zoo) Binti, a 15-year-old hippo, was born in Denver in 1998. (Source: Memphis Zoo)
Binti is now sharing the exhibit with 25-year-old Splish. (Source: Memphis Zoo) Binti is now sharing the exhibit with 25-year-old Splish. (Source: Memphis Zoo)

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Zoo is introducing visitors to its new hippopotamus Wednesday morning. Binti, a 15-year-old hippo, is now sharing the exhibit with 25-year-old Splish.

"We are excited to welcome Binti to the Memphis Zoo," said Director of Animal Programs Matt Thompson. "She comes to us from Disney's Animal Kingdom and seems to be a great companion for Splish. They have been getting to know each other inside, and now it's time for Binti to explore the outside exhibit."

Binti was born at the Denver Zoo in 1998.

Visitors will be able to see Binti and Splish each day. The zoo is working to create the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp, which will open in 2015. More hippos will be brought in to that exhibit when it gets closer to opening.

Hippos are the third-largest land mammals, according to the zoo. They can weigh up to 7,900 pounds.

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