Fiona's Media Debut

Cincinnati's beloved baby hippo has come along way since being born six weeks prematurely, initially weighing in at only 29 pounds. (That’s 25 pounds lighter than the lowest-recorded birth weight for her species.) Today, the four-month-old is up to a healthy 265 pounds and has begun exploring her outdoor habitat at Hippo Cove alongside members of her care team. We got a sneak peek at Fiona during a special media preview event at the Cincinnati Zoo — and she’s somehow even cuter in person. Although the baby is not yet on exhibit during zoo hours, caretakers hope she will make her public debut in a few more weeks. Visit cincinnatizoo.com for updates and more information. Photos by Hailey Bollinger.

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Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiona's Media Debut
Photo: Hailey Bollinger