Baby Hippo Watch: Fiona is a big sister

CINCINNATI — Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo have announced Fiona the Hippo’s mother, Bibi, has given birth to Fiona’s sibling.

Bibi gave birth to a healthy, full-term hippo baby last night around 10 p.m.

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“This calf looks huge to us because Fiona, Bibi’s first baby, only weighed 29 pounds when she was born six weeks premature and wasn’t stand on her own,” said Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care.

Mom and baby will not be visible to the public right away but the Zoo will share photos and videos if the care team is able to do so, the zoo said.

“It’s Bibi’s first time nursing, since Fiona had to be cared for by the hippo staff, so we’re keeping a close eye on them to make sure we don’t need to step in,” Gorsuch said.”

“Bibi and the baby, yet to be named, will spend the next two weeks bonding behind the scene,” she added.

Tucker and Fiona will be in the outdoor habitat as usual except during key introduction times.