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Hippo stuck in swimming pool at conservation lodge

JOHANNESBURG — A hefty hippo chased away from his herd at a South African game reserve has found a refreshing place to relax in the lodge’s swimming pool, but now he is stuck there.

The young hippopotamus plopped into the pool Tuesday at the Monate Conservation Lodge north of Johannesburg. The pool is big enough for the hippo to swim in, but it is eight feet deep with no steps.

“There’s no way he can come out,” lodge manager Ruby Ferreira said.

A team of wildlife experts will sedate the hippo and lift him out of the pool with a crane, said MuIsabel Wentzel of South Africa’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Because the 4-year-old hippo was forced from its herd by more-dominant males, it will be moved to another reserve once it is rescued Friday.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports