Hippo Cove opens at Cincinnati Zoo

Hippo Cove opens at Cincinnati Zoo
The hippos cool off in the water at their new exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo. FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
The hippos cool off in the water at their new exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo. FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo opened its newest exhibit "Hippo Cove" Thursday.

After 20 years without a hippopotamus, the zoo now has two.

According to zoo officials, Hippo Cove is a newly constructed, 70,000 gallon pool with an underwater viewing window where guests can come face-to-face with the Nile Hippos.

Visitors can meet Henry, the 34-year-old, 4,000 pound hippo and 17-year-old Bibi, the female hippo. Zoo keepers say the two immediately hit-it-off and have been flirting ever since.

Nile Hippos, also known as river hippos or river horses, are vegetarians and can weigh as much as 8,000 pounds, according to the zoo.

Hippos spend most of their day in the water, however can't swim at all. Zoo keepers say they float or walk along the bottom of the pool.

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