After a few shaky days, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's premature baby hippo, Fiona, took her wobbly first steps in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Hippo's are nocturnal, so it's not surprising that she would get a burst of energy when most people are sleeping. It was a pleasant surprise, however, to see this much movement from her following several days of setbacks.
As recently as yesterday, the six-week-premature calf was having trouble getting enough oxygen and had to be tube fed by vet staff.
The last really positive report from the Zoo was posted last week when Fiona was showing progress in her pool.
Her care team expects more ups and downs as they fight to nurse her to health. She needs to gain weight and build strength before she can be reunited with mom, Bibi, and dad, Henry. For now, zoo staff is thrilled with baby steps!
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