Hippopotamus ‘Mangal’ turned 2 years old.
If you’re looking for a ray of sunshine amid the cold, bleak winter, this will surely bring a smile to your face. The Sayaji Baug Zoo in Vadodara, Gujarat delighted the internet by sharing a wonderful news. The administration recently celebrated the second birthday of resident baby hippopotamus. The occasion was marked by cutting a birthday cake and special laddoos, which were distributed to the two-year-old baby ‘Mangal’ and its mother ‘Dimpy’.
— VMC VADODARA (@VMCVadodara) January 8, 2021
Coincidentally, it was also the zoo’s 142nd foundation day. P. Swarup, the Municipal Commissioner of Vadodara, congratulated the zoo on the dual celebration. He said the Sayaji Baug zoo is an important landmark of the city. He also spoke about how the role of an animal keeper is a key factor in the zoo’s life. It is a specialised job and requires a connection with the animals, he told ANI.
Gujarat: The second birthday of a hippopotamus, Mangal, was celebrated at Sayaji Baug Zoo in Vadodara today. Mangal and its mother Dimpy were given special ‘laddus’ and a cake was also cut on the occasion. pic.twitter.com/Mg9T8Y8zsM
— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2021
This is why Mangal’s caretaker Moti Bhai Raval and other animal keepers were invited to cut the birthday cake, while Municipal Commissioner P. Swarup was the chief guest at the ceremony. Raval said, “It feels like I am celebrating my own child’s birthday.”
Take a look at some reactions on social media:
Mighty Animal. Respect to Nature
— The Intellectual (@realnitinarora) January 9, 2021
Such a good gesture ????
— Akshay (@Mech_Engineerrr) January 9, 2021
That’s what ???????? needs, love ????
— newt_sch (@newt_sch) January 9, 2021
Aww so adorable ❤
— Janaki Chandravanshi (@Durgajanaki10) January 9, 2021
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