• WATCH: Fiona the hippo gives mom hugs and kisses at Cincinnati Zoo

    By: Will Garbe, Dayton Daily News


    CINCINNATI - Fiona — the Cincinnati Zoo’s celebrity hippo — was recently spotted giving her mom hugs and kisses.

    Videos from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden show Fiona interacting with her mom, Bibi.

    Fiona was born premature in January 2017 and received around-the-clock care. She weighed 29 pounds, which zoo officials said is well below a baby hippo’s typical weight. Hippos can grow to be 3,000 pounds.

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    When Fiona became dehydrated, specialists from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helped give her an IV.

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    Henry, Fiona’s father, was euthanized in October. Henry had been struggling for several months with health issues and had lost hundreds of pounds, the zoo said.

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