Early on the morning of January 24, 2017, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden received an unexpected visitor – a baby Nile hippo, born six weeks early. She was a tiny thing - at only 29 pounds, she was half the size of a regular baby hippo.
Her name was Fiona, and she stole America's heart.
This is Fiona the hippo. She is the cutest thing on the internet. Don't even try to argue.
Episode 4 - More to Explore. Fiona begins reaching new milestones. https://t.co/vXZ3zXC74O https://t.co/z9UMW40RpG— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1505836992.0
Fiona has a very special namesake.gave Fiona her name because she had the most adorable little ears ever - ogre ears! Fiona was a hippogre. An ogrippo! *Sigh* We tried.
Fiona was born six weeks premature, which means she was TINY for a hippo.Zookeepers feared she wouldn't survive and instituted round the clock care. They held her and snuggled her and bathed her. They made sure she got all the baby hippo naps she needed and the baby hippo snacks, which included milk and pre-chewed hay.
After all, Fiona was important.
Playful Fiona bites mom's tail! #teamfiona https://t.co/WIorzn8kRY— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1504714219.0
The zoo recorded all of Fiona's milestones.
What are bubbles?Fiona isn’t sure!Caring for our animals includes providing them w/enrichment & introducing them to… https://t.co/wQiiASI0U2— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1495907017.0
By the time Fiona started exploring her zoo habitat, everyone wanted to meet her.
Fiona Love! Too cute not to share! Plus, have you watched The Fiona Show? Click here to watch the first 2 episodes:… https://t.co/1Zbgl38b02— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1504800320.0
Fiona's underwater fart was a news sensation.
Fiona blowing bubbles on the other end! #teamfiona https://t.co/9S926LvCV0— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1506011485.0
When Fiona gained 500 pounds, it was a moment of celebration.
500lbs of LOVE! We are so excited that Fiona has reached 500lbs today! Thanks to everyone for never giving up on th… https://t.co/PuF787bo1y— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1506191123.0
People loved Fiona so much, the zoo made a show about her.
Don't miss episode 5 of The Fiona Show, today at 12pm! #teamfiona https://t.co/xoBfpHD258 https://t.co/EdxAye0cVv— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1506434498.0
Fiona is also the star of a children's book.
The best time to catch a glimpse of Fiona is before 3pm. She's been heading inside in the late afternoon so Henry &… https://t.co/VbcvSYa92t— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1506528128.0
It makes total sense, people love Fiona.Fiona has put the Cincinnati Zoo on the social media map. In 2016, the zoo's videos had only eight million views. Fast forward to 2017 and Fiona's introduction. The Zoo has had over 120 million views so far just because of Fiona.
Fiona is one in a kind, literally.
Fiona's not aggressive towards her care team, but she's so big it's not safe to be in her space on a regular basis:… https://t.co/YAjtyEdMxj— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1506620904.0
We're just gonna leave you with this...
Like human babies, Fiona sometimes suckles in her sleep. Caregivers say the 9wk old has been an active dreamer sinc… https://t.co/ltIHFekL8l— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1490976428.0