Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

Fiona goes for a swim

Fiona — the world’s favorite prematurely born hippopotamus — turned three months old today.

The early days of cuddling the tiny, fragile hippo are long gone, Jenna Wingate, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa Keeper, told our media partner WCPO.

Here are three updates about Fiona that Wingate shared with WCPO:

1. The ‘dung shower:’ Apparently, male hippopotamuses mark territory by slinging feces around with their tails in what Wingate called a “dung shower.”

Fiona has taken an interest in the action exhibited by her father, Henry, whom zookeepers have introduced her to, along with mom Bibi.

“Fiona is now getting access to that, and she shows quite an interest in it for whatever reason,” Wingate said.

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2. One sassy toddler: Fiona eats about two liters of formula five times a day. Zookeepers introduced grain to her diet this weekend and started training her to associate feeding time with a clicker that they can use when she’s 600 pounds and too dangerous to approach.

In this April 12 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Fiona a prematurely born hippopotamus, swims in her quarantine enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Cincinnati. (Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)(Staff Report)

“She’s very sassy. She’s very feisty. If she doesn’t want to do something, you’re not going to make her,” Wingate said. “We kind of act like she’s a toddler, and if she doesn’t want to come, we’re like, ‘Bye, Fiona!’ We’ll pretend we’re walking away and she’ll be like, ‘Wait, I want to be with you guys!’ and then she’ll come with us. She has her very big, very own personality already.”

>>GROWING UP: Fiona goes for a swim -- and the internet goes crazy

3. Too big to snuggle: “There’s a big difference just in her energy and she’s much stronger and healthier now, so there was a lot of worry and she would kind of lie there and wouldn’t do a whole lot,” Wingate said. “She’s too big and a little bit dangerous to actually cuddle and snuggle, but she does like to lie on our feet or use our leg as a pillow now.”

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Power outages reported in the area

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:34 AM

Several power outages were reported in the area Sunday.

Cedarville has over 900 customers without power, according to Kelly Millhouse of DP&L.

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Almost 2,000 Kettering customers are currently without power, according to the DP&L Outage Map.

About 2600 Centerville DP&L customers were without power until about 6:30 a.m. due to a down wire, according to Millhouse.

Crews are working on the outages.

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More dry time expected to start this week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

Counties under flood advisory until 10:30 a.m.:

Butler, Preble, Wayne (In.)

Counties under flood advisory until 10:45 a.m.:

Montgomery, Greene, Clinton, Warren

A pre-dawn shower is possible early today. Aside from that, there will be decreasing clouds and more afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour at times.

Quick-Look Forecast:

  • Flood watch continues through 10 a.m. today.
  • More dry time to start the week.
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TONIGHT: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

TUESDAY: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

WEDNESDAY: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Donkeys rescued from flooded field in Clark County

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

Two donkeys rescued from Highwater Clark county

Two donkeys were rescued after being stuck in a flooded field of four feet of water Sunday.

Springfield Twp. Fire Department was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike to a report of of the donkeys stuck in a field with water up to their necks, according to scanner traffic.

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Animal Rescue was also called to the scene with additional personnel requested at 5:45 a.m.

A fence was removed and rescue workers walked the donkeys to the road, according to Clark County dispatch. 

The donkeys were not injured but the smaller donkey was restless due to swimming, dispatch said.

The smaller donkey, Poncho, reportedly rested its head on the larger donkey, Eddie, to help keep its head above water.

It is not known how long they were in the water or who their owners are. 

A neighbor took them in their care following the rescue.

Lower Valley Pike was reportedly flooded at the time.   

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Man found dead on neighbor’s property in Warren County

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

The death of a 62-year old man found dead Friday morning on his neighbor’s property is not considered suspicious.

Neighbors found the man between 10:30 and 11 a.m. in the 800 block of North Nixon Camp Road in Turtlecreek Twp., Lt. Shaun Embleton of Warren County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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The name of the deceased man was not released Saturday, pending notification of family.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed and the death is not considered suspicious at this time, Embleton said.

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