Fiona the hippo, queen of the Cincinnati Zoo and our national daughter, has had a banner year.
She swam. She ate snacks. Friends, she lived her life. And she did it against all odds! It’s true: Fiona, whose ears wiggle when she pops out of the water, is the only being on earth who had a pleasant 2017. And she deserved every second.
Please join us as we celebrate some of her finest moments of 2017.
January 24: Fiona is born six weeks before her due date.
Fiona is watched around the clock by devoted zoo staff. She also acquires a purple teddy bear during this time.
January 31: Fiona gets her name.
Spoiler: The name is Fiona.
February 5: Fiona takes her first steps.
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She is wobbly but does a great job.
March 6: Fiona acquires a pool ramp.
A belated congratulations to Fiona on this ramp.
March 14: Fiona gets a bigger bedroom.
Fiona also discovers her reflection.
March 31: Fiona has a nice dream.
Was it about lettuce?
April 13: Fiona makes an appearance at the adult hippo pool.
Small Hippo, Big Pool: The title of Fiona’s upcoming biopic. (Not really, but free idea.)
April 23: Fiona plays.
Some day Fiona will be able to open her mouth 150 degrees wide! #TeamFiona pic.twitter.com/ORx3MGNjIe
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) April 23, 2017
She has trouble getting the ball and we have trouble keeping it together.
May 27: Fiona discovers bubbles.
What are bubbles?Fiona isn’t sure!Caring for our animals includes providing them w/enrichment & introducing them to new stimuli like bubbles pic.twitter.com/FGX0WJcLaL
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) May 27, 2017
She does not like them.
June 9: Fiona hangs out with her mom.
Milestone alert: Fiona & Bibi are now spending some time together in the same space! Read more: https://t.co/RywHq2zIcl pic.twitter.com/wGE4l3HfJV
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) June 9, 2017
Fiona and Bibi share some chill time.
June 27: Fiona eats her first helping of lettuce.
Fiona was introduced to a new food-romaine lettuce! Her care team is getting her used to solid foods (but most nutrients come from formula) pic.twitter.com/DgAydZZJz9
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) June 27, 2017
Her first solid food!
July 11: Fiona and her parents reunite for the first time.
It “exceed[ed] expectations.”
July 24: Fiona is six months old.
Fiona is the only being who is allowed to celebrate half-birthdays.
August 3: Fiona eats watermelon.
p dir=”ltr” lang=”en”>Happy #NationalWatermelonDay! Bibi shared some of her watermelon with Fiona today.[wp_ad_camp_5]
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