CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo's beloved baby hippo has been successfully reintroduced to her family Tuesday after six months of separation.
Fiona was born prematurely weighed 29 pounds when she was born on January 24, which is about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for this species. The normal range is 55-120 pounds.
Fiona has been separated from her mom, Bibi, and dad, Henry, for the majority of her life.
According to the zoo's blog, Bibi fully embraced Fiona after being reintroduced while Henry was a bit more hesitant.
However, after weighing all the potential risks and benefits of the situation, the zoo's care team decided to introduce all three hippos to each other in the same habitat.
After some initial inappropriate behavior from Henry and ensuing admonishments from Bibi, Henry's response to Fiona changed on the third day of their supervised interactions.
"From the moment they greeted each other that morning, Henry seemed much more at ease and relaxed around Fiona," the zoo said. "Instead of trying to discourage her interactions, Henry finally seemed to embrace them!"
Since that morning, all three hippos have been spending more time with each other as a bloat.
There is no set date for when Fiona will join her parents full-time in the Hippo Cove outdoor pool.