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Fiona Is A Massive Sister!


Full-term calf 2x larger than Fiona was when she was born 

CINCINNATI, OH (August 4, 2022) — Proper round April Idiot’s Day earlier this yr, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard workers members have been knowledgeable that 23-year-old hippo Bibi was pregnant. Since she was on contraception, most assumed that the information was a joke! The looks of a wholesome, full-term hippo child final night time round 10 p.m. confirms {that a}) the hippo crew was not joking, and b) child hippos are lovely! 

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“This calf appears large to us as a result of Fiona, Bibi’s first child, solely weighed 29 kilos when she was born six weeks untimely and wasn’t capable of stand on her personal. This new calf weighs not less than twice as a lot as Fiona did and is already strolling,” mentioned Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care. “We’re unsure if nursing has occurred but as a result of the water is murky.  It’s Bibi’s first time nursing, since Fiona needed to be cared for by the hippo workers, so we’re conserving a detailed eye on them to verify we don’t must step in.” 

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The hippo crew observed a distinction in Bibi’s conduct the morning of August 2 and the Zoo shared the information that she was displaying indicators according to being in labor.  She was stressed outdoors after which needed to go inside and keep there. 

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The crew needed to step in when Fiona was born six weeks untimely and too small and weak to succeed in Bibi to nurse. They have been hoping that historical past wouldn’t repeat itself, and it seems that it has not. 

“Bibi and the newborn, but to be named, will spend the following two weeks bonding behind the scenes,” mentioned Gorsuch.  “A feminine would take her new child away from the bloat for about that period of time within the wild, and we attempt to give Bibi the selection to do what feels pure to her.” 

5-year-old Fiona and 19-year-old Tucker are completely happy to hang around with one another and keep out of Bibi’s means whereas she bonds with the brand new calf. Keepers have been separating them from Bibi periodically over the previous weeks to get them used to being a duo.  They’re so snug with one another now that 2000-pound Fiona has been seen napping on 4500-pound Tucker. 

Mother and child won’t be seen to the general public immediately, however the Zoo will share pictures and movies if the care crew is ready to get them with out disturbing them.  Tucker and Fiona shall be within the out of doors habitat as normal besides throughout key introduction occasions.   

Zoo members have entry to reside cams within the out of doors habitat and may watch the motion in Hippo Cove from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.  Entry to the reside hippo cams can be out there to Digital Members.  NOTE: Cameras will not be on throughout introductions or when the animal crew wants non-public entry. 

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