SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Veterinarians performed a pivotal procedure on a pygmy hippo calf at Zoo Miami.

Aubergine became a visitor favorite at the Southwest Miami-Dade zoo when he was born Aug. 4, but he needed surgery to correct a birth defect that could have been life-threatening.

Zoo officials believe the surgery is a first of its kind.

After Friday’s three-hour procedure, Aubergine was returned to his mother, back on his feet and on the road to recovery.

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