Baby hippo Fiona to be subject of children’s book

CINCINNATI (FOX19 NOW/AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo's beloved baby hippo will now be featured in a book about her life that will be targeted toward children.

Zoo director Thane Maynard is writing about the experience of hand-raising the hippo in a book titled "Saving Fiona: Science, Social Media, and the Story of a Baby Hippo."

Fiona has garnered millions of views on the zoo's Facebook page since her premature birth in January. Her face has appeared on ice cream and beer, and she was recently named an honorary deputy sheriff.

Maynard says the book can help people of all ages become interested in wildlife and conservation. His portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the zoo.

The book will be released Jan. 22, 2019.

This won't be Fiona's first book feature. The hippo inspired a book for visually impaired students at a northern Kentucky elementary school.

Fiona also boasts her own beer, ice cream, cookies and has even been named an honorary sheriff's deputy.

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