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Comte de Montizon
Obaysch, the Hippopotamus, London Zoo
Salted paper print
8.7 x 10.9 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of Obaysch (c. 1848- 78) the hippopotamus being fed by his keeper at London Zoo. Obaysch stands on the right, facing left. He has his mouth wide open. The keeper stands on the left and appears to place something in Obaysch's mouth.
Obaysch was London Zoo's first hippopotamus. He arrived at London Zoo on 25 May 1850. He proved to be very popular and attracted up to 10,000 visitors to the Zoo every day, with visitor numbers doubling for the year 1850.
Photograph is from a set of 43 photographs (2905515-2905557) of animals at London Zoo.