Fiona p. 4

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Fiona p. 4

Fiona began to have difficulty taking a bottle when her tusks began to come in (2 months early!) .

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Taking Care of Fiona: A Hippo Who Needs Help The baby hippo needed a lot of care and attention to survive, but she is a fighter! She was given the name "Fiona" and continues to thrive so that she can join her mom and dad in Hippo Cove. The baby hippo’s care team is giving her 24-hour attention, which includes tube-feedings, vet checks and keeping her warm and moist. Vets are adding mom’s milk to a fluid mixture that is being tube-fed to the baby. They are helping the baby to get important nutrients so that she can get strong enough to stand. They are putting her in a shallow pool of water. Most hippos are born in the water, but they can’t actually swim. Pool time will help her build muscles and balance and maintain an optimal body temperature of 96-98 degrees.Fiona the Fighter On January 29, the baby hippo was able to stand in her pool without the noodles, holding her own weight, and even dipped her face under water and blew bubbles. The six-week premature calf was still struggling with bottle feeding but had started to suckle a bit. Fiona has her ups and downs. Vets inserted an IV to give her fluids, dextrose (sugar), and supportive supplements as needed.Fiona Gets a Name The Cincinnati Zoo gave their week-old hippo calf a name. She’ll be called Fiona, which means “fair.” “Even though Fiona’s not out of the woods yet, every baby needs a name and her animal care team thought the name was a perfect fit for their “fair” little girl,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo. “They have been with her 24 hours a day and think this name suits her personality.” I love the name Fiona. I plan to use it for my own pets someday!Fiona Gets Stronger On Sunday, February 5, Fiona took her first steps! She began to suckle, both in and out of the water, and continued to gain weight. She gets pool exercise 2-3 times per day to help her build strength and to get the hang of diving, floating and breathing. A low dose of supplemental oxygen helps her premature lungs function properly, and she needs O2 to make sure that the oxygen levels in her blood stay in the normal range. On February 9, Fiona weighed 40 pounds and the next day, her caregivers moved her to a bigger pool so she could work on gaining more coordination in water. The Cincinnati Zoo posts daily updates on Fiona, has a blog, and even has a site where you can donate to Fiona’s Fund. I plan to do what I can to help Fiona, and I check for updates on this adorable little hippo everyday. I hope she’ll get big and strong and be reunited with her family soon.

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