Nearly four years ago, Fiona the hippo was born. Weighing only 29 pounds at birth — 25 pounds less than the lowest recorded birth weight for her species — Fiona became a national sensation for her remarkable survival story. Since her birth, patrons of the Cincinnati Zoo have been entranced by the hippo, who has become one of the most charismatic icons of the zoo.
Now, weighing more than 1,500 pounds, Fiona the hippo is healthier than ever and officially approaching the hippo equivalent of her teenage years. In fact, Fiona has been receiving weekly love notes recently from Timothy, a 3-year-old hippo from San Antonio, on Facebook.
Despite this attention from the opposite sex, keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo say that Fiona has to be at least 5 years old before she starts thinking about boys. When the time comes, however, zookeepers hope that Fiona’s suitable match will be brought to the Cincinnati Zoo so that the beloved hippo will not have to leave her home.
In the meantime, catch the latest news on Fiona the hippo by visiting the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Facebook page.