Published: Tue, February 07, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Baby hippo, born prematurely, takes her first steps

Baby hippo, born prematurely, takes her first steps

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.

The zoo expected Fiona to be born in March, but she arrived early, on January 24.

The Cincinnati Zoo documented the adorable and monumental occasion of the tiny hippo walking for the first time.

That's very important because she wasn't able to stand and nurse, straight from her mother.

The zoo explained that Fiona was being nursed close enough to mom Bibi and dad Henry that they could all hear and smell each other.

Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years. The zoo also reported on Facebook that the hippo is up to 37 lbs and has been eating more than she ever has before. That was causing her oxygen levels to dip, the zoo said.

The zoo posted the video on social media, stating "Fiona was active during the night and consumed a good amount of formula on her own!"

When she was born she weighed 29lbs when the normal range for a new calf is 55-120lbs. The zoo said Saturday that Fiona is in stable condition.

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