Famous hippo Fiona is a big sister after mom Bibi gives birth to healthy new baby


The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here — Fiona officially is a big sister!

On Aug. 3, around 10 p.m., Bibi gave birth to a healthy full-term hippo baby, the zoo said in a press release. The newborn’s gender has not yet been released.

Zoo officials said the new baby looks huge compared to its first baby hippo star, Fiona.

“Fiona only weighed 29 pounds when she was born six weeks premature and wasn’t able to stand on her own,” said Christina Gorsuch, director of animal care at the Cincinnati Zoo.

“Bibi and the baby, yet to be named, will spend the next two weeks bonding behind the scenes,” said Gorsuch. “A female would take her newborn away from the bloat for about that amount of time in the wild, and we try to give Bibi the choice to do what feels natural to her.”

Zoo officials said earlier in the week that Bibi had begun showing signs of restlessness and a desire to spend more time indoors, which are indications that she was close to giving birth.

Watch Bibi with her newborn hippo just hours after birth:

The baby’s estimated due date was set for Aug. 15, but caretakers said a hippo’s birth window could be 30 days before or after that estimation.

Zoo officials said Bibi and her newborn will be kept separated from 5-year-old Fiona and 19-year-old Tucker so that mom and baby have plenty of time to bond.

Don’t expect to see Bibi and her newborn right away. They will not be in front of the public, but the zoo said members have access to live cams in the outdoor habitat and can watch all the action at Hippo Cove from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day.

By Christian LeDuc, WCPO.

Animals, News, Wild Animals

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