Zoo’s pre­ma­turely born hippo takes first steps

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo says a baby hippo born pre­ma­turely has taken her first steps. Zoo spokes­woman Michelle Cur­ley said Sun­day that Fiona was ac­tive dur­ing the night and con­sumed a good amount of for­mula by her­self. The baby’s mother, 17-year-old Bibi, gave birth six weeks early on Jan. 24 to the first Nile hippo born there in 75 years. Staffers have been work­ing to help Fiona grow, get stronger and learn to nurse on her own. They keep her close enough to her par­ents so they can hear and smell each other. The zoo is pro­vid­ing up­dates on its web­site.

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