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Cincinnati Zoo reveals Fiona the hippo is going to be a big sister

Fiona's mom, Bibi, is pregnant again
Premature Hippo Birthday
Posted at 9:46 AM, Apr 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 12:46:28-04

Cincinnati's favorite hippo is going to be a big sister!

The zoo said that Fiona, who was born six weeks premature in January 2017, will be a sibling when her mom, Bibi, gives birth later this year.

On Sunday, the zoo tweeted a photo of an ultrasound on National Sibling Day but didn't provide any context.

But then, Monday morning, the zoo confirmed that Fiona would be a big sister!

“The hippo team is excited and also nervous,” said Eric Byrd, manager of Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa team, in a press release. “As most people know, Bibi’s first baby, Fiona, was born six weeks premature and wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of her human caregivers. We are hoping for a full-term pregnancy and will be doing everything we can to support Bibi.”

In a press release, the zoo said that the daddy hippo, 18-year-old Tucker, was "enamored with 23-year-old Bibi right away" when he was introduced to the hippo habitat last September.

“We weren’t planning to welcome a baby this soon, but nature found a way and ignored our calendar,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care, Christina Gorsuch. “Most forms of contraception, in hippos or humans, (are) not 100% reliable. The dose that was previously effective for Bibi did not prevent pregnancy this time.”

The zoo did not provide an estimated birthday but said they would share updates on Bibi and baby preps in the months leading up to the birth.

PJ O'Keefe at WCPO first reported this story.