Cincin­nati Zoo’s pre­ma­ture baby hippo gets life­sav­ing IV

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

CINCIN­NATI — The Cincin­nati Zoo says its pre­ma­ture baby hippo is re­cov­er­ing from de­hy­dra­tion with the help of staff from Cincin­nati Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

The zoo said Mon­day that the four-week-old fe­male hippo, named Fiona, had re­ceived flu­ids through an IV catheter since Fri­day.

Ve­teri­nary staff had trou­ble ar­rang­ing a sus­tained IV, so they sought help from hospi­tal staff who work with dif­fi­cult veins. The zoo says that team used ul­tra­sound equip­ment to help place a life­sav­ing IV catheter in Fiona’s leg.

Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the zoo in 75 years. She was born Jan. 24 at 29 pounds, well be­low the usual. She’s near­ing 50 pounds now.

Zoo staffers have mon­i­tored her around-the-clock, pro­vid­ing bot­tle feed­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties to help her grow and get stronger.

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