Britain's Prince Harry has had a baby hippo named after him.

The 27-year-old royal has been given the honour by a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa after the 11lb calf was born last Thursday (22.03.12) but was rejected by its mother.

The adorable animal is being looked after round-the-clock by carers at the sanctuary who decided to call him Harry because the prince has close ties with Africa.

Rob Hall, the manager at the Cango Wildlife Ranch, said: "Harry needs to drink 125ml of milk around every three hours, which means looking after him is a full time job. He will need that level of care for the first three months and after that might start to feed himself.

"We're so pleased that he's with us and we're confident he'll grow strong. We knew we wanted to call him something beginning with H and it suddenly struck us to name him Harry after the prince. Our team here loves Prince Harry as he shows true grit and is passionate about Africa. Our little guy is already proving he's made of similar stuff and is determined to make the most of life."

The Cango Wildlife Ranch said the arrival of Pygmy hippo Harry was a massive boost to his species, which has been declared critically endangered after experts warned there were fewer than 3,000 left in the wild.

The centre specialises in the breeding of endangered species, including cheetahs, tigers and crocodiles.

Pygmy hippos are nocturnal animals who live largely underwater and wait until nightfall before emerging to eat leaves and grass. They will only grow to a fifth of the size of their cousin, the common hippo.