WATCH: Baby hippo swims for first time

Still frame from NBC News video

Take a look at the San Diego Zoo’s newest cover girl. Devi is a 5-month-old hippo. Zoo officials say she explored the San Diego pool for the first time on Tuesday.

You can see Devi doing barrel rolls, tossing her head, and pressing her nose against the glass. Officials say the active movements are part of devi’s defense training by her 3,500-pound mom Funani.

Devi will continue to nurse for up to a year. She’s already picking up food scraps left by her mother. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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