On a Special Local Kid

As I have noted on the last two mural posts, Resa (@ Graffiti Lux and Murals) is sponsoring her own Kid’s month. Although she has mainly featured murals, the idea just came to me that Cincinnati is home to a very special kid and has turned into a local celebrity during her short life.

She was born prematurely on January 24th and has required special care ever since. As a matter of fact, her care team is attempting to do something that has never been done.

Meet Fiona, the baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo. She was born 6 weeks early at 25 pounds (11.4 kg) and 29 pounds (13.1 kg) underweight.

Photo by Cincinnati Zoo

Her special care has involved being on oxygen, receiving a special milk, and more. Besides, baby hippos nurse underwater. Keep in mind that the zoo is flying blind on this because raising a premature hippo hasn’t been done before.

Here are her first steps.

Not only is Fiona’s progress news here, she has a global following. Below is the latest article about her and a link to the Cincinnati Zoo blog to follow her progress.

Like any kid, Fiona loves to play in water.

42 thoughts on “On a Special Local Kid

  1. Frank, driving down the road today and in the middle of a sports headlines update – on a sports talk station mind you – the last thing the announcer reads is “that hippo at the Cincinnati zoo is doing well underwater”…or something to that effect. I wasn’t prepared to hear anything like that in that moment and therefore didn’t fully comprehend what was said. And now you’ve filled in the blanks. I hadn’t heard of Fiona when I woke up this morning but now I’m invested in keeping up with her progress!

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    • Bruce,
      Oh wow … this is a great story … and quite serendipitous. Simply unreal timing! Today the zoo announce Fiona reached an important milestone, but I’ll save the announcement here for later. 😉

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    • Resa,
      She is adorable and worthy of all the attention she is receiving. Your dedicated month is what stimulated this post, so thanks for the inspiration beyond murals. After all, readers seem to be enjoying Fiona.


    • Debra,
      Your love and appreciation doesn’t surprise me. Then again (and somehow), neither did your desire for a pot bellied pig. Nonetheless, you may want to include the blog about Fiona in your Favorites.


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