Links: Baa, Woof, Same Diff

And finally: Hay, Fiona! What’cha Eating?

Hay, that’s what! And it’s been pre-chewed by her mother Bibi to help expose the still-developing preemie to healthy bacteria that will help her body with digestion. Fiona doesn’t have a full set of teeth yet, so the foam you see is saliva that will soften the food enough to be swallowed. Thanks for the update, Lois M.

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20 thoughts on “Links: Baa, Woof, Same Diff

  1. allein ๐Ÿพ March 17, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Best employee award every time? How long before the other doggie quits over the obvious favoritism?

    No fair! I wanna kiss a quokka snoot!

    Lip smacking hippo hay!

  2. Julie March 17, 2017 / 9:32 am

    How the heck do you procure “pre-chewed hay” from an adult hippo?

    Questions. I have so many questions….. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • DebG March 17, 2017 / 10:01 am

      I wondered the same thing. But hay! Fiona’s eating big-girl foodzes!

      Love the nursing home kitty–she’s fantastic.

    • Smartypants March 17, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Maybe the keepers have taught Hippo Mom to chew it and then spit it out? I recall they were able to milk her to get real milk for Fiona, with all the antibodies, instead of having to use formula, so maybe they’ve trained her to work with them on other behaviors, too.

      Personally I think ‘milking a hippo’ sounds like a stunt only Florida Man would undertake. “Here, hold my beer!” ๐Ÿ˜€

      I love all of Fiona’s happy lip-smacking. And the Beady Eye Factor. Plus, that funny white spot on her left side seems to have healed up – yay!

      • Max's Mom March 17, 2017 / 7:28 pm

        The answer is on the blog. Click on “update” above Fiona”s video to reach the blog.

        • allein ๐Ÿพ March 17, 2017 / 7:43 pm

          AAHH!! Love sleepy Fiona in today’s update video.

          She was born 29 pounds and today she’s 92!

          Also, Bibi doesn’t like tomatoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • allein ๐Ÿพ March 17, 2017 / 7:49 pm

            lol…she was all dozy next to the pool and then one of the keepers started spraying the hose and she popped up and went to bite at the water. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Smartypants March 17, 2017 / 9:26 pm

          Thank you, Max’s Mom – my browser blocks me from seeing some items, and I think the relevant blog entry may be one of them.

          • Max's Mom March 17, 2017 / 10:30 pm

            cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2017/01/25/premature-hippo-baby-updates/

            It’s a lot to type in, but you’ll get the entire blog along with daily pics and updates.

      • Murray C. March 18, 2017 / 4:14 pm

        Hold my beer!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œGuffaw-worthy!

  3. Max's Mom March 17, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Down vote is for the dog wedding. Dressing dogs and having a wedding seems like something 8-year-olds might do.
    Up vote for all the other links.—Animals being animals.

    • Julie March 17, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      From a US/Western perspective I agree – I thought the dog wedding was a ridiculous waste of time and money.

      But if you read the article, the owners said they did it to change the perception in their country about dogs. They wanted to highlight their dogs’ role as family members, which could be counter to general ideas in the Philippines about the function a dog should have. In many Asian countries, dogs are eaten as food.

      • Murray C. March 17, 2017 / 2:21 pm

        My reaction was similar until I read that there was a point to it all, but encouraging that sort of thing is – well chacun a son gout, I guess, but over the top from here. Loved all the others nice to see Phred’s Mom sent in something! I, too would happily wait in line to kiss a quokka snoot and then move on over to the cuddling line for a wombat snorgle, then travel across stormy seas to spray water on Fiona. I stop at pre chewing her hay for her, however.

        • DebG March 17, 2017 / 3:06 pm

          I would go that far, FWIW. Loves me some baby Fiona. Nothing is too good for her.

          • Murray C. March 17, 2017 / 8:06 pm

            I meant the doggie wedding.

          • Murray C. March 18, 2017 / 4:12 pm

            Sorry,my misunderstanding – you meant that you would pre-chew hay – you’re good!

      • Ricky's Mom March 17, 2017 / 3:43 pm

        Yup, I had the same reaction, then I read down further and said to myself “Well, okay, then.” I’m not big on dressing animals in foo-foo, though I have seen many a cute costume here and enjoyed it. The wedding is deffo OTT for me, but if it helps save dogs’ lives, then I’m all for it. Just not at my house.

  4. Laura March 17, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    My mom was in a nursing home for a couple of months after surgery, and that nursing home has *three* resident cats. And you’d better not sit in their preferred chairs! ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re very popular with the residents and staff, obviously, and I’m glad they’re not the only nursing home that believes in resident cats.

    • Smartypants March 17, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Yes, I think nursing home pets are awesome – especially for residents who have trouble with memory or speech – a cat doesn’t care if you can’t recall what day it is, they just meet you where you’re at.

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