Fiona Update: Dive! Dive! Dive!

Fiona the preemie hippoย continues to work on two very important hippo skills: holding her breath and navigating underwater. So Team Fiona used an underwater camera to catch all the action. (via Lois M.)

You’re humming that song from “Dumbo,” aren’t you?

But there’s more news for Fiona fans. The youngster spent some time visiting with her mother Bibi on Friday, one of many steps in preparation for Fiona’s eventual return to her mother and father. (via Sharon G.)

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17 thoughts on “Fiona Update: Dive! Dive! Dive!

  1. Faye April 17, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Team Fiona deserves some kind of special award!

    Fiona and Mom: may I snorf you? Yessss.

  2. Gigi the cat lady April 17, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Fiona is so cute and I love when she does a barrel roll under water, how many times do you get to see a hippo belly!! ๐Ÿ˜

    • julie April 17, 2017 / 2:20 pm


  3. Murray C April 17, 2017 / 11:07 am

    My mouth hurts from smiling and I wish the video could go on and on. She was frolicking! And, yes, Faye, that team does deserve an award. And I’m so happy she’s meeting her mom – she seems really ready to be with other hippos.

    • julie April 17, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Me too!! If someone just watched my face, they would probably guess hallucinogenic drugs ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. kodalai April 17, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I hope she manages to re-integrate with her hippo family!

  5. Duckie ๐Ÿฅ April 17, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Fiona, you are a source of joy and an inspiration to all.

  6. Laura April 17, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Diana’s development is really moving along quickly now, isn’t it? She is having so much fun practicing her big girl skills in the pool, with her wonderful human team keeping a careful watch. Is that a great job or what, mom to a precious baby blorp?

    • Laura April 17, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Ack! I just realized that that evil autocorrect got me earlier and I never saw it, drat it all! Fortunately, you all know what I meant, I’m sure. And how it happened. Honestly, why do they make it SO hard to turn off that stupid autocorrect feature! On an older phone I used to be able to, but now if it’s possible I have zero clue how to do it. Grr!

      • Murray C April 17, 2017 / 11:09 pm

        It’s OK, Laura, we knew what happened and understood – I mean, my autocorrect kept making “eyesore” out of “Eeyore”! There’s a daily calendar called “Goddam You Autocorrect!” with lots of funny – and often rude – mistakes.

  7. debg April 17, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    So lovely and soothing, watching Miss F play in her pool! I needed it today: my typical slow-start Monday suddenly got stressful and busy.

  8. Juno April 17, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    This song from “Dumbo”?

    I love Bonnie Raitt’s version.

  9. Sarah Richardson April 18, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    So beautiful, I’m inspired to write a Hippo Haiku:
    Blorp blorp blorp. Blorp blorp
    Blorp, blorp blorp blorp blorp blorp.
    Blorp blorp, blorp blorp blorp.

    • Faye April 18, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Exactly! Well said.

    • Murray C April 18, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜˜Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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