Fiona fans go gaga over baby hippo

Beloved preemie reunites with parents


Fiona the hippo was born prematurely in January. At first, she needed round-the-clock care.

Since then, she's gained hundreds of pounds, reunited with her parents and garnered a massive following that's tracked her progress on the Cincinatti Zoo & Botanical Garden's social media pages and blog about her.

In a recent Facebook post that drew more than 57,000 comments and 12,000 shares, the zoo asked its followers to comment with their locations, showing off Fiona's global fan base.

From sporting a milk mustache to chomping on her first solid foods, Fiona's activities have been documented and shared in photos and videos. In June, the public could view her in person as she started exploring the outside pool during zoo hours.

On July 7, the zoo said she caught up to the progress of a baby hippo born at full term, a major milestone for the mammal. She weighed 356 pounds, the zoo said. She was 2 feet tall at her shoulder and 55 inches long. 

The zoo said it will take Fiona about three years to become fully grown at a whopping 3,000 pounds.

Another big moment came on July 11, when Fiona swam with her parents, Henry and Bibi, before the zoo opened for the day. 

Here are some updates from Fiona's first several months of life:

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Family reunion! We've never been more excited about a post! BiFi (the power duo name that’s being used for Bibi and Fiona) was joined by Henry this morning for the first time. The three were introduced in Hippo Cove’s outdoor pool before the Zoo opened, supervised by their care team. The short introduction went well. Bibi intervened when Henry got too close to Fiona, which was exactly what we were hoping to see. Introductions will continue. There is still no set schedule for when Fiona will be out. When she is out, she has access to go inside, so visitors may or may not see her. Please be understanding if you visit the Zoo and Hippo Cove is closed off as the family needs time to get used to each other in the outdoor pool. #cincinnati #cincinnatizoo #closeenoughtocare #teamfiona #hippo #fionafix

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