Bresta, a hippopotamus examines a birthday gift basket at Kiev's Zoo, Ukraine on Monday, June 30, 2008. The animal, weighing about 2000 kilograms, celebrates its 50th birthday.
Bresta was born in 1958 in Munich and then taken to St. Petersburg's zoo. She arrived at the Kiev zoo in 1960 and has spent most of her life there as part of a program to care for endangered animals.
The hippo has been pleasing the crowds who have visited the zoo over the years. To celebrate this special day, the Ukrainian general public have been giving her carrots, apples, bananas, oranges and pears, which Bresta is fond of.
In the photo above, a zoo keeper wishes Bresta the hippo a happy birthday along with a bouquet of flowers at Kiev's Zoo, Ukraine.