Fiona the hippo had the absolute best 2017

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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.

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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.

She has trouble getting the ball and we have trouble keeping it together.

May 27: Fiona discovers bubbles.

She does not like them.

June 9: Fiona hangs out with her mom.

Fiona and Bibi share some chill time.

June 27: Fiona eats her first helping of lettuce.

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.

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p dir=”ltr” lang=”en”>Happy #NationalWatermelonDay! Bibi shared some of her watermelon with Fiona today.

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