Family Reunion: Born Premature Fiona The Hippo Is Reunited With Her Parents After 6 Months Apart

cute-hippos-thumb.jpg

Who doesn't love a good family reunion? And this reunion is nothing short of sweet. Cincinnati Zoo wrote on their Instagram: Family reunion! We've never been more excited about a post! BiFi (the power duo name that’s being used for Bibi and Fiona) was joined by Henry this morning for the first time. The three were introduced in Hippo Cove’s outdoor pool before the zoo opened, supervised by their care team. The short introduction went well. Bibi intervened when Henry got too close to Fiona, which was exactly what we were hoping to see. Introductions will continue. There is still no set schedule for when Fiona will be out. When she is out, she has access to go inside, so visitors may or may not see her. Please be understanding if you visit the zoo and Hippo Cove is closed off as the family needs time to get used to each other in the outdoor pool.

After being born prematurely in January, Fiona was removed from her parents so that the staff at the Cincinnati Zoo could care for the tiny calf 24 hours a day. Bibi, her 17-year-old mother went into labor 6 weeks early causing Fiona to be born at only 29 pounds. Zookeeper, Christina Gorsuch, of the Cincinnati Zoo said she looked like a normal calf but is very, very small. 

cute-fiona-eating.jpg

The average hippo weighs 55 to 120 pounds so Fiona was in desperate need for vets at the zoo to step in. Vets said she looked just like a normal calf but was much smaller. Immediately after she was born, Fiona was removed because she couldn’t be fed by her mother due to her size.

The staff at Cincinnati Zoo explained that Fiona would need some extra special care to help her develop into a normal hippo. After months apart, the time had finally come to bring this family back together. Hippo Cove, at the Cincinnati Zoo, is where the joyous occasion took place.

cute-fiona-baby.jpg

“It has taken almost six months to reach this major milestone, and it feels great,” said Gorsuch. “There’s no manual on how to hand raise and reintroduce a premature hippo, but our animal care staff got Fiona through health hurdles and overcame curveballs to get us where we are now. Fiona now weighs a whopping 375 pounds and she is still progressing and gaining weight. ”I'm proud of our team," said Gorsuch. 

“Today was the first time that the three hippos have been together,” Gorsuch said. “The introduction lasted about an hour, and we couldn’t be more pleased about how it went.”

Mom (Bibi), Dad (Henry) and Fiona got to spend some time together. Bibi was protective of her baby but overall everything went very well. Dad and daughter bonded the way hippos do and as expected with Henry opening his mouth wide so that Fiona could stick her head inside and get to know her dad. We are very happy for this family of hippos. Watch the sweet reunion between Fiona and her parents below:

SHARE on your Facebook page to bring a smile to someone's face today! Want to see more inspiring and heartwarming stories like this? Click "NEXT STORY" below.

Boat Is Approached By Killer Whale. What It Does Next Will Shock You!
/boat_is_approached_by_killer_whale_what_it_does_next_will_shock_you
These Black Bears Were Sentenced To Death, Before A Wild Animal Rescue Stepped In To Save Them
/these_black_bears_were_sentenced_to_death_before_a_wild_animal_rescue_stepped_in_to_save_them
Family Dog Refused To Leave Burning House, When Firefighters Found Him, They Were Astounded By Why He Stayed Behind
/family_dog_refused_to_leave_burning_house_when_firefighters_found_him_they_were_astounded_by_why_he_stayed_behind
KendalL Jenner Reveals Her Morning Beauty Routine
/kendall_jenner_reveals_her_morning_beauty
This Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed Pound Cake Is Sure To Be One Of Your New Favorite Desserts
/this_strawberry_cheesecake_stuffed_pound_cake_is_sure_to_be_one_of_your_new_favorite_desserts
Teacher Buying Supplies For Her Class When The Man In Line Behind Her Did The Most Remarkable Thing
/teacher_buying_supplies_for_her_class_when_the_man_in_line_behind_her_did_the_most_remarkable
When You Find Out Who This Rescued Tiger Previously Belonged To, You Won't Believe They Abandoned Him
/when_you_find_out_who_this_rescued_tiger_previously_belonged_to_you_won_t_believe_they_abandoned_him
Sick Hopelily, Weighing Less Than Two Pounds. Can This Little Bulldog Prove That Though She’s Small She’s Mighty As Well
/sick_hopelily_weighing_less_than_two_pounds_can_this_little_bulldog_prove_that_though_she_s_small_she_s_mighty_as_well
Rescued Dog Kept Running Away From His New Home, When Family Found Out The Reason Why, They Had To Let Him Go
/rescued_dog_kept_running_away_from_his_new_home_when_family_found_out_the_reason_why_they_had_to_let_him_go
If You Have A Lob, This Simple Tutorial Will Have Your Hair Looking Effortlessly Beachy In No Time At All
/effortless_beachy_waves_for_lob