Fiona the hippo set to become a big sister after Cincinnati Zoo announces 'surprise pregnancy'

피오나 하마, the Cincinnati Zoo’s social media darling, 곧 큰 누나가 될거야 — much to the zoo’s surprise.

동물원에서 발표한 비비, Fiona’s 23-year-old mother, 임신하다.
Bibi’s big bundle of joy is expected to arrive late summer 2022,the zoo 트위터에 썼다.
      Fiona became an international celebrity after being born six weeks premature in 2017. Whereas typical hippos are born at around 100 파운드, Fiona was just 29 pounds at birth — ㅏ record-breaking low weight for a hippobut managed to survive against all odds. The zoo used social media to share the vulnerable newborn’s journey, attracting thousands of visitors who traveled to Cincinnati just to visit the baby hippo. Now a healthy adult, Fiona weighs a formidable 1,300 파운드.
        The zoo shared an ultrasound image showing Bibi the hippo's unborn baby.

        Fiona’s father, 헨리, 죽었다 2017, 에 따르면 Cincinnati Zoo. But in 2021, the zoo welcomed 18-year old male hippo Tucker, who quickly becameenamoredwith Bibi, 에 따르면 보도 자료.
          Despite the couple’s obvious romance, the pregnancy came as a surprise for zoo staff: Bibi was on birth control, 동물원에 따르면.
          We weren’t planning to welcome a baby this soon, but nature found a way and ignored our calendar,” Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care, said in the release.
          Most forms of contraception, in hippos or humans, is not 100% reliable,” Gorsuch said. “The dose that was previously effective for Bibi did not prevent pregnancy this time.
          Hormonal birth control has previously been used to control the population of invasive hippos in Colombia.
          Although the pregnancy was unexpected, zoo staff are still excited to welcome Fiona’s younger sibling.
          The hippo team is excited and also nervous,” Eric Byrd, manager of Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa team, said in the press release.
            As most people know, Bibi’s first baby, 피오나, was born six weeks premature and wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of her human caregivers,” Byrd said. “We are hoping for a full-term pregnancy and will be doing everything we can to support Bibi.
            Scientists from the zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife are already closely monitoring the pregnancy and have started Bibi on hormone supplements, the zoo added.

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