Happy Birthday Fiona! Celebrate Fiona The Hippo's Second Birthday at the Cincinnati Zoo!

We all know the story: On January 24, 2017, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden welcomed little baby hippo Fiona! But celebrating would have to wait, since Fiona was born six weeks premature.

 
Image from  Fiona’s Feelings , written by Dr. John Hutton and photographs provided by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Image from Fiona’s Feelings, written by Dr. John Hutton and photographs provided by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

 

Too little to stand on her own or for her mom Bibi to be able to nurse her, Fiona was given round-the-clock care from a team of caregivers, veterinarians, and other helpful humans to provide Fiona with comfort, nutrition, and all the care she needed to gain strength and thrive.

Today, Fiona is bigger and feeling better than ever as she celebrates her second birthday! “We’re so excited to celebrate Fiona’s second birthday,” says Angela Hatke, digital engagement and publicity manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

“She’s come such a long way from the 29 pound baby that was born six weeks premature. With each new milestone, from weighing in at 1,000 in 2018, to turning two, we are reminded how thankful we are for the wonderful care she received from her care team in those critical beginning days and for the support from the Cincinnati community.”

 
Image from  Fiona’s Feelings , written by Dr. John Hutton and photographs provided by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Image from Fiona’s Feelings, written by Dr. John Hutton and photographs provided by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

 

To celebrate Fiona’s birthday, the Zoo has a special cake planned, as well as a Facebook Live behind-the-scenes stream! “If it’s warmer than 45 degrees, we’ll move the celebration outside to Hippo Cove!” says Angela. “Everyone should wear their favorite Fiona gear on January 24 to celebrate, even if you can’t make it to the Zoo!”

You can celebrate at home, wherever you are, with Fiona’s Feelings and Fiona’s Friends, written by Dr. John Hutton and with photographs provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

 
Fiona’s Feelings and Fiona’s Friends, written by Dr. John Hutton and photographs by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Fiona’s Feelings and Fiona’s Friends, written by Dr. John Hutton and photographs by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

 

Don’t have your own copies to celebrate? Find them at the independent bookstore near you!

Did you hear? Fiona’s Friends and Fiona’s Feelings have gotten their very own Spanish language versions, Los Sentimientos de Fiona, and Los Amigos de Fiona! Available in Spring 2019!

Los Sentimientos de Fiona (Fiona’s Feelings) coming soon from blue manatee press!

Los Sentimientos de Fiona (Fiona’s Feelings) coming soon from blue manatee press!

Los Amigos de Fiona (Fiona’s Friends) coming soon from blue manatee press!

Los Amigos de Fiona (Fiona’s Friends) coming soon from blue manatee press!

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