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    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

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    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo Jun 28

    How much would you LOVE a kiss on the cheek from Fiona?! Fiona & her mom Bibi have been spending more and more time together bonding.


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    such a sweet heart. I am worried about her lungs.
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    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo 6h6 hours ago

    Fiona Stats: She is 2ft tall at her shoulder, she's 55" from nose to tail, her tail is 9" long & she weighs 356lbs today!


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    She's come such a long way...what a beautiful girl !

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    Long-Awaited Hippo Family Reunion at the Cincinnati Zoo Happens Without a Hitch

    July 11, 2017




    CINCINNATI, OH (July 11, 2017) – The reunion that the world has been waiting for finally happened this morning at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Hippo Cove when BiFi (power duo name for Fiona and her mom, Bibi) was joined by Fiona’s dad Henry.

    “The introduction lasted about an hour, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it went,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo. “Fiona has been exploring the outdoor habitat with her mom for several weeks and has had contact with Henry inside, but today was the first time that the three hippos have been together. Bibi was protective of Fiona and gave Henry cues about how to interact appropriately with the little one.”





    Family introductions will continue and the hippo care team, encouraged by what they saw this morning, hopes to increase the trio’s time together. There is still no set schedule for when Fiona will be outside, with her mom or with both parents. When she is out, she has access to go inside, so visitors may or may not see her.

    “It has taken almost six months to reach this major milestone, and it feels great,” said Gorsuch. “There’s no manual on how to hand raise and reintroduce a premature hippo, but our animal care staff got Fiona through health hurdles and overcame curveballs to get us where we are now. I’m proud of our team.”

    Fiona weighed 29 pounds when she was born, on January 24, which is about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for this species. The normal range is 55-120 pounds. Today she weighs almost 375 pounds. Her parents weigh about ten times that.

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    Amazing! Love the BiFi nickname, lol, they're a power duo for sure.

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    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo

    Fiona tipped the scales at 404 lbs today!!!! Grow baby grow! Her Mom, Bibi, weighs around 3,000 lbs!


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    Even though Cincinnati Zoo said that they don't think Bibi knows that Fiona is her daughter, but I think she does! She is so loving and protective of Fiona.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama View Post
    Even though Cincinnati Zoo said that they don't think Bibi knows that Fiona is her daughter, but I think she does! She is so loving and protective of Fiona.
    I totally agree, mkm! She knows, and so does Fiona .

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    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo 9h9 hours ago

    Hooray! Fiona's neck rolls are getting bigger! Today the scale read 421lbs for this chunky chunky hippo. #TeamFiona


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    Still so adorable, love the neck rolls!

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    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo 58m58 minutes ago

    Fiona's dad Henry hasn’t been feeling well. He's more tired than usual & doesn’t have an appetite. Please send positive thoughts his way.


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    Aw, I hope Henry will be o.k.

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    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo 48s48 seconds ago

    Henry’s appetite is better & weight is a good 3445lbs. He’s not ready to rejoin BiFi yet, but we’ll update when he's back to his old self
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama View Post
    Cincinnati Zoo‏ @CincinnatiZoo 48s48 seconds ago

    Henry’s appetite is better & weight is a good 3445lbs. He’s not ready to rejoin BiFi yet, but we’ll update when he's back to his old self
    Thanks, mkm, I'm very happy to see this update!

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