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Premature baby hippo takes its first steps at United States zoo

Melissa Porter | 07 February, 2017, 01:57

Dr. Jessye Wojtusik, a reproductive biologist with the Zoo, points to an ultrasound image produced from Bibi, a 17-year old pregnant Nile Hippo, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Fiona the baby hippo was born prematurely, and experts were concerned about her chances of survival as she struggled to stand on her own and put on weight.

Fiona was born January 24 at the zoo. In the video, she waddles a bit as she explores her surroundings.

Even though Fiona she can't nurse yet, she's still getting nutrients from her mother's milk. To regulate her oxygen intake and minimize the dive reflex, caregivers position her chest to chest so she can feel normal breathing. Thousands of people have shared her photos and videos of the zookeepers nursing her to health.

"Fiona had another good night and drank more from her bottle this afternoon than she has to date". The zoo said Saturday that Fiona is in stable condition. Baby hippos typically weigh between 60 and 150 pounds when born.

The zoo is taking donations to help care for Fiona.