Happy the hippo leaving D.C. for Milwaukee Zoo, females

Happy the hippo could soon be a lot happier. The solitary male Nile hippopotamus at Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo is moving to the Milwaukee County Zoo.

WASHINGTON — Happy the hippo could soon be a lot happier.

The solitary male Nile hippopotamus at Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo is moving to the Milwaukee County Zoo.

There, his new home will include a pool, a sandy beach and two potential girlfriends — Puddles and Patty.

Zoo officials say they’re sad to see Happy go, but that Milwaukee will offer him a great life.

Happy is 28 and weighs about 2 1/2 tonnes.

He has to leave the National Zoo because his home is being eliminated for the expansion of the zoo’s elephant exhibit.

The Milwaukee zoo, meanwhile, is beginning a roughly $10 million expansion of its hippopotamus exhibit, part of which will allow visitors to watch hippos swimming underwater.

Happy is expected to move to Milwaukee this summer.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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