TOPEKA, Kan. - The Topeka Zoo is sending away its fertile hippopotamus because it doesn't have room for more babies.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 10-year-old Mara is tentatively scheduled to depart in early December. Zoo officials aren't saying where her new home will be because they don't want to ruin the announcement for the recipient zoo.
Mara lives at the Topeka Zoo with her son, Vision. He was born in August 2010, even though Mara had been fed an industry-standard contraceptive. Vision's father, Tucker, had to be shipped off because the zoo's hippo enclosure is built for two animals.
Now, staff is noticing changes in Vision's behavior. Zoo director Brendan Wiley said officials determined it might be best to keep just one of the two animals in the same enclosure.