Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 10:38 AM
By: Melisa Lyons - Staff Writer
— Fiona, the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical garden in 75 years, was born Jan. 24 and weighed just 29 pounds. The normal birth weight for the species is 55-120 pounds.
Four months after she was prematurely born, the media will be able to watch Fiona in her outside habitat and pool later today.
Here are some of Fiona’s cutest moments:
In early February, Fiona was able to take her first steps, which her handlers called “encouraging” news because the calf had been exhibiting low energy and weak suckling response.
A few weeks later, Fiona, in addition to bottle feeding and upgrading to a “big kid” pool, began teething. The animal care team provided gum pain relief with topical numbing solution in frozen clothes to help with the discomfort.
On March 28, Fiona was able to take a peek at her parents in their outdoor habitat.