Advertisement

Fiona the hippo is a wildly popular animal at the Cincinnati Zoo.

RELATED: It’s still a bit early for Fiona the hippo to make her public debut


Born six weeks early in January at a measly 29 pounds, the hippo has gone on to thrive at the park. And now, her admirers have reason to celebrate even more: Fiona’s dad, Henry, is now being allowed to roam near her.

Zoo officials had held off until now, and had reason for their reticence. Fiona’s dad weighs about 10 times what she weighs — 375 pounds — so there were some welfare concerns.

“From a natural history standpoint,” the Zoo wrote, “an adult male hippo should be completely comfortable with a female baby joining the bloat. However, it’s important to keep in mind that while Henry has been a father before, the last time he shared space with a baby was around 20 years ago. So for all intents and purposes, Henry probably feels a lot like a first-time dad and is likely unsure of how to act around Fiona.”

The trio were united in a very public way yesterday morning at the Hippo Cove outdoor pool. And they posed for the cutest family pic we’ve seen so far this summer.

RELATED: Fiona the baby hippo is bringing joy to visitors at the Cincinnati Zoo

It was a supervised visit, but zoo staff, and the adoring public, were happy with how it went.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
View More Articles
Vote for the 2017 Rare Country Awards
Advertisement
Advertisement