Fiona the hippo has a little brother


Fiona the hippo now has a little brother.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed the healthy calf into the world on August 3.

The 23-year-old mother, Bibi, carried the boy, who weighs at least around 60 pounds.

“We’re just happy the calf is healthy. Gender didn’t matter much to the hippo team, but it will be interesting to observe and compare the behavioral differences between a hand-raised girl and a boy raised by his mother,” Christina Gorsuch, director of animal care at the zoo, said in a statement. Monday.

The zoo has yet to name the calf and is currently accepting suggestions through an online site. form. The name will be announced later this week.

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After Fiona was born six weeks premature in 2017 and weighed just 29 pounds, zookeepers wondered if she would survive.

After extensive care and attention — including an IV that Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helped put on her due to dehydration — Fiona defied the odds.

Fiona has attracted fans from all over the world who have supported her every step of the way. Millions of people tuned in to Fiona’s own show on Facebook.

She became the zoo’s star animal and helped get more positive responses after the death of Harambe in 2016. The 17-year-old western lowland gorilla was shot and killed after a child fell into the enclosure.


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