CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Fiona family reunion may not happen as fast as zookeepers have hoped.
While Cincinnati Zoo's beloved baby hippo has been spending more and more time her mom, Fiona's relationship with her dad Henry hasn't evolved as quickly.
Fiona's care team has used the same techniques to introduce the pair as they used with her and mom Bibi.
"Henry and Fiona have been having a harder time getting comfortable with one another," Cincinnati Zoo hippo handler Wendy Rice wrote in a blog post Monday.
"So far, the introductions have been extremely short in length and during those times, both Henry and Fiona seem wary of each other and uncomfortable with the idea of sharing space," Rice wrote. "At times, Henry will open his mouth wide and swing his head towards Fiona, letting her know: 'I don't really want you near me."
Rice notes that it appears Henry is unsure what his relationship with his daughter should be like. He's much larger than Fiona, about 10 times as much, but has never shown signs of aggression. Generally, the mother hippos nurtures the offspring and the male acts as a fierce protector in the wild.