Daily Court Reporter - News The Cincinnati Zoo’s Baby Fiona update
The Cincinnati Zoo’s Baby Fiona update
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Fiona weighs almost 160 pounds and is getting big and strong on her diet of formula and hay.
On April 13, 2017, Fiona reached an important milestone. She has been introduced to the indoor pools that her mom and dad use. They were drained to a manageable depth for her and will become deeper as she masters propelling herself to the surface for air. One of many things she must master before venturing into the outdoor hippo habitat is being able to navigate in deeper water. Fiona is spending more time in the indoor adult pool getting used to deeper water. Her care team stays close by to make sure she’s comfortable as she tests the waters. The depth of the water will gradually increase along with her ability to hold her breath for longer periods.
Fiona’s full introduction to her parents will take time, but she is now able to touch her mom, Bibi, through mesh in her neighboring stall. They spend time checking each other out, nose to nose.
Learn more about her progress in the blog post by head keeper Wendy Rice at http://blog.cincinnatizoo.org. Go #TeamFiona
Date Published: April 21, 2017