Fiona Update: The Big Pool

Fiona the preemie hippo took another big step today — into a much bigger pool. To help her prepare for life in the larger hippo enclosure, Fiona took a swim in one of the pools her mom and dad use, with the water level lowered for her safety. And Fiona continues to grow, approaching 150 pounds and downing 64 oz of formula five times a day.

Thanks as always to Fionaphile Lois M.

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19 thoughts on “Fiona Update: The Big Pool

  1. gail pierson April 13, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    OMG- her little back feetsies! 🙂

    • Claire April 13, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      My thoughts exactly!!

    • Murray C April 13, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      First thing I awwwwwww-ed over, too! How cute is that?

  2. gigi the cat lady April 13, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Fiona has stolen my heart, I never knew a hippo could be so darn cute!

  3. Faye April 13, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Comes up for air: I’m a big girl now!

  4. julie April 13, 2017 / 4:01 pm


  5. brouhaha April 13, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Adult swim!

  6. HaHa April 13, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Such personality! Launches herself through the water stretched out! Such fun! Coming up underneath the floaty! Such flippy ears! Happy!

  7. Duckie 🐥 April 13, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    “Listen up, hoomins. I’m pushing 150 pounds now. I’ll come out of the water when I’m good and ready! No more telling THIS hippo what to do!”

  8. Rachel April 13, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I can’t get past her flippy earses.

    • allein April 13, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      I think that’s my favorite thing about hippos…

      • Rachel April 13, 2017 / 10:23 pm

        It’s adorable regardless of the size of the hippo!

  9. Flowerfanatic April 13, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    I love to watch her dive and see how fast she goes under water. Like a submarine or even a dolphin. I’m waiting for her to chase her caregivers and give one of them a nip on a bare leg. OUCH!! As soon as I get an update, I send it in so all of you get to see her ASAP. I know one of these days we won’t get updates as often and I’m already feeling Fiona withdrawal.

    • Max's Mom April 13, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      How did you sign up for the daily updates? I just check the blog every day now.
      Thanks for sharing the updates with us through NTMTOM.

    • julie April 13, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks, FlowerFanatic, for keeping us up to date on Fiona! I LOVE seeing what she is up to.

  10. debg April 13, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    “I’m coming to get you, hoomin person!” Wish I had a baby hippo chasing ME in the pool.

  11. Amyliz April 13, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Fiona now outweighs me considerably but she is still adorable! It’s been so wonderful to watch her grow and thrive!

  12. koixka April 14, 2017 / 1:59 am

    This teeny ears gets me every time! 🙂

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