2 hippos to return to Colorado Springs after Missouri ‘vacation’

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A Nile hippopotamus plays in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two hippo sisters are getting ready to return to their newly remodeled home in Colorado after spending nearly two years at a Missouri zoo.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the hippos came to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri, in October 2017 because the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs needed a place to put them while it created a new habitat.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo said the hippos will return to Colorado Springs sometime this fall.

The Springfield zoo had space for the sisters, named Zambezi and Kasai, because its beloved Henry the hippo was moved in 2016 to a new $8 million enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The Springfield zoo’s spokeswoman, Joey Powell, says the sisters were originally just supposed to spend a year in Missouri but construction delays made the stay last longer. She says they’ve been on “an extended vacation.”

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