Fiona the Hippo now has a bit of brother.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard welcomed the wholesome calf into the world on Aug. 3.
The 23-year-old mom Bibi carried the boy, who weighs at the least roughly 60 kilos.
“We’re simply completely satisfied that the calf is wholesome. The intercourse did not matter a lot to the hippo crew, however will probably be fascinating to watch and evaluate the behavioral variations between a hand-raised woman and a mom-raised boy,” Christina Gorsuch, the zoo’s director of animal care, mentioned in assertion Monday.
The zoo has not named the calf but and is presently accepting recommendations by way of a web-based type. The title might be introduced later this week.
After Fiona was born six weeks untimely in 2017 and weighed simply 29 kilos, zookeepers questioned whether or not she would survive.
This calf seems enormous 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 at the least twice as a lot as Fiona did and is already strolling and spending time with mother within the pool! pic.twitter.com/9ZBPBiBimB
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) August 7, 2022
Following intensive care and a focus — together with an IV the Cincinnati Kids’s Hospital Medical Heart helped put in her from dehydration — Fiona defied the chances.
Fiona drew followers from everywhere in the world who supported her every step of the way in which. Thousands and thousands have tuned into Fiona’s personal present on Fb.
She turned the zoo’s star animal and helped get extra optimistic responses following the dying of Harambe in 2016. The 17-year-old western lowland gorilla was shot and killed after a toddler fell into the enclosure.