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3 times Fiona the baby hippo stole our hearts

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.

» RELATED: Baby hippo Fiona to make media appearance 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. 

» PHOTOS: Fiona the baby hippo is teething

On March 28, Fiona was able to take a peek at her parents in their outdoor habitat. 


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