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Prince Harry (the pygmy hippo) has died

- May 10th, 2012
Prince Harry the HippoPrince Harry the pygmy hippo has died. (Photo: Cango Wildlife Ranch)

An adorable pygmy hippo named Prince Harry, who was an internet sensation, has died.

The Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtsoorn, South Africa, said in a release Prince Harry died Wednesday during an operation to repair an umbilical hernia.

“Unfortunately at the conclusion of the operation he went into respiratory arrest and ultimately heart failure. Despite repeated attempts to resuscitate him, Harry passed away on the operating table,” the release said.

Staff said everyone, including Prince Harry’s caretaker Tini Inggs, are “completely devasted.”

“Harry became an overnight sensation due to his beautiful nature and ‘too-cute-for-words’ little face. 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.

“In Harry’s short life, he managed to raise much needed awareness for his species and their plight in the wild, and Cango Wildlife Ranch will continue to fly the flag of awareness for this species in honour of Harry’s life.

“Harry had a very rocky start in life after being rejected by his mom, but all stops were pulled out to make sure that this little superstar had a chance at life. His bond with his caregiver and “mommy”, Toni, ensured that Harry was an extremely happy little hippo!”

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