3 times Fiona the baby hippo stole our hearts

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:

Fiona’s first steps

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 premature hippo born 6 weeks early took it's first walk at the Cincinnati Zoo over the weekend.

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. 

Fiona takes a peek at her parents in their outdoor habitat. (PHOTO: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
Photo: Staff Writer


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