Prince Harry, The Pygmy Hippo Dies

What?!  No!  Prince Harry, the pygmy hippo has passed, according to People.  We first met the little whipper snapper back in late March, six days after he was born at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa.

The poor little guy died while undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.  “Unfortunately at the conclusion of the operation, he went into respiratory arrest and ultimately heart failure,” spokesperson Terry Moult said in a statement.  “Despite repeated attempts to resuscitate him, Harry passed away on the operating table.”

Trainer Toni Iggs, who cared for Harry after his mother abandoned him, is “completely devastated,” according to the statement.  “The pint-sized ‘jelly-baby’, as Toni so lovingly referred to him, will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him.” 

Gone too soon.  Gone too soon, little pygmy hippo.  Join Meow at the animal farm in the sky.

Tags: Pets, R.I.P