Disney World Gets a Little Hipper

Fiona Gets a New Aunt (or Uncle) at Animal Kingdom

My niece is older than me? Wha…?

As superhippo Fiona celebrates her first birthday, her family tree gets a cute new branch. Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida recently welcomed a new baby Nile hippo, their first hippo birth in 13 years.

So what’s the family connection? The new baby’s father is also the father of Bibi, Fiona’s mother. This makes the new arrival Fiona’s aunt or uncle — the keepers haven’t gotten close enough to the new baby to determine its gender.

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14 thoughts on “Disney World Gets a Little Hipper

  1. Gigi The cat lady January 19, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    Awwww! Fiona’s tiny uncle/aunt is precious!

  2. JenDeyan January 19, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    The earsies! The earsies! Hippo earsies are the best!

    • allein 🐾 January 19, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Flippety flippety!!

  3. Ricky's Mom January 19, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    What a cutie! Video won’t play for me, but that’s okay. The still photo provides ample evidence of Teh Qte.

    Fiona is my First Baby Hippo Love, but her little aunt or uncle is very sweet looking. And I’m sure I appreciate this all the more because of Fiona. Fiona has certainly succeeded as Ambassador of the Species!

  4. Ricky's Mom January 19, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    P.S. to NTMTOM: I love all the Cutetropolis Fiona-themed banners-headers-whatever-they’re-called!

  5. Circe January 19, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    To further confuse matters, the father of this new baby hippo (and also the father of Bibi) is named Henry! Of course, he’s NOT the same Henry who fathered Fiona.

    • allein 🐾 January 19, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Well, they say a girl looks for a guy who reminds her of her dad..! 😉

  6. Dubravkamcvmd January 19, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Congrats to the Fiona family! Yee-hah!

  7. CAZ January 19, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    So weeeeeee! <3

  8. Laura January 19, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    The flippety ears are wonderful, but I was melted into a little puddle when the baby rested its wee head on mama’s cheek. Squeee!

    • allein 🐾 January 19, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Yes! So sweet!!

  9. fkaWaldenPond January 19, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    A wee little hippo droplet!

  10. Michael January 20, 2018 / 5:31 am

    I got so used to seeing Fiona raised by hand that my first reaction on watching the video was “The baby’s too little! It’s dangerous to be in the water. It’ll drown! The mama is too big, she’ll roll over and hurt it! It doesn’t know how to hold its breath yet, it shouldn’t be underwater!”

    Then I got a grip and realized this is how it’s SUPPOSED to be. But that’s still a very small baby relative to the size of the mother, and it’s still weird to think of something being born knowing how to submerge.

    I looked it up (I thought I remembered reading this) — hippos can nurse underwater. What else nurses underwater besides whales? Seals, maybe, or do they do that on land or an ice floe? Otters float belly up, they could nurse in air. Hippos are born semi-aquatic, apparently.

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