Devi goes for a swim: Baby hippo at the San Diego Zoo enjoys the pool (video).

This Baby Hippo Shows Exactly How You Should Spend Labor Day (Video)

This Baby Hippo Shows Exactly How You Should Spend Labor Day (Video)

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Sept. 4 2015 11:15 AM

Happy, Happy Hippo

A baby hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo is the perfect Labor Day weekend role model.


Screenshot from YouTube.

Some unsolicited Labor Day weekend advice: Go swimming. As it does every year, the summer-to-fall-to-winter transition will happen at a cruel pace, and before you know it, your frigid commutes to work will leave you understanding why Han cut open that tauntaun. What I’m saying is your window for water-related activities is closing.

Should you need more of a push than that, Devi the baby hippo is here to help. Just five months old, the San Diego Zoo resident is a hippo calf with a huge personality and a deep love of water—as she should. She is a hippo, after all.


In the video above, Devi shows off both of these traits, as well what the zoo’s senior animal keeper, John Michel, described as a newly learned maneuver: a barrel roll. She is adorable, and her minute-plus on camera will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face. Hopefully, it’ll also provide proper motivation in your long weekend plan-making.

A.J. McCarthy is a speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and a former Slate writer and producer.