They Weren't Sure This Premature Hippo Would Make It, But Look At Her Today!

Posted by Editorial Staff in Nature and Travel On 13th February 2017
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Can I take her home please?

#1

Zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo have been working around the clock to help ensure the safety of a newborn hippopotamus.

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#2

Fiona the hippo was born on January 24, nearly six weeks early, and weighed in at just 29 pounds. (Traditionally, a newborn hippo weighs anywhere from 55 to 120 pounds.) Shortly after her birth, Fiona was separated from her parents -- she's getting special attention from the zoo until she can stand and nurse entirely on her own.

#3

Fiona is kept just close enough to her mother so that they can hear and smell each other.

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#4

The tiny hippo calf has experienced bouts of low energy and fatigue.

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