Happy the Hippo Gets the Boot

Moving to new pad with pool, beach and two gal pals

By Asha Beh
|  Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009  |  Updated 11:58 AM EDT
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That big smile on Happy's face? Probably daydreaming about his new digs...though getting a visit Harrison Ford, his fiancé Calista Flockhart, and her son Liam is pretty cool too.

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The National Zoo is evicting Happy the hippo. Turns out they need to make room for the elephants. 

But it looks like Happy's going to have the last laugh.  The 27-year-old's new pad at the Milwaukee County Zoo will include a pool, a sandy beach and two gal pals, Puddles and Patty.

And if that weren't enough, the Milwaukee zoo is going to McMansion its hippopotamus exhibit with a roughly $10 million expansion, which will allow visitors to watch hippos swimming underwater.

Celebs will probably flock to see the 7,000-pound Nile hippo then. 

Happy is expected to make his move from D.C. to Milwaukee this summer.

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