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This Is The Adorable Baby Hippo In Cincinnati That You’ll Want To Be BFFs With

Back in January, zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio were surprised and very concerned when the baby hippopotamus they were expecting in March was born six weeks premature.

Little Fiona weighed just 29 pounds, and baby hippos are supposed to be between 55 and 120 pounds. Those taking care of her weren’t very confident that she’d survive, but she proved how tough she was when she beat the odds and turned six months old on July 24!

Right after this cutie was born, she received around-the-clock care from zookeepers. People from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center even helped put an IV in her when she was dehydrated.

As she got older and stronger, she started learning how to swim (and bite)…

YouTube / The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

…and her adorable antics made her an absolute star on social media. The zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, is even writing a children’s book about her called “Saving Fiona: Science, Social Media, and the Story of a Baby Hippo.” It will be published on January 22, 2019.

YouTube / The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Fiona, the baby hippo, makes her first public appearance at the Cincinnati zoo

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While she was working on improving her health, Fiona had been separated from her parents. But last month, she was reunited with both of them! I’d say it went pretty well.

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It’s official! Fiona is the world’s sassiest hippo ever! Here she is inside pestering her mom Bibi while she eats. 💯💕👑😎 pic.twitter.com/6dRXzvDDHL

— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) August 1, 2017

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Hooray! Fiona’s neck rolls are getting bigger! Today the scale read 421lbs for this chunky chunky hippo. #TeamFiona pic.twitter.com/jlxaNNPs7e

— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) August 7, 2017

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