Animals

By Mikey Jones


This baby certainly looks like one happy hippo as she settles into life at the zoo.

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The female calf was born two months early at the Cincinnati Zoo and required critical care to make it through her first weeks.

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Weighing a mere 29lbs, she was 25lbs lighter than the lowest ever recorded birth weight for a Nile hippo, making her a record breaker from day one.

While staff were originally worried that little Fiona would not survive, she is now going from strength to strength.

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Pictures show the happy little hippo guzzling from a bottle, snoozing through a medical check and getting used to splashing about in the water.

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She is gaining her strength up before she can join her parents in the outdoor enclosure, but staff say she is already toughening up.

A zoo spokesperson said: “She’s grown into a strong and sassy hippo!

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“She now weighs more than 200 pounds and has figured out if she doesn’t want to do something, all she has to do is sit down.”