18 Photos of Cincinnati’s Beloved Baby Fiona to Celebrate Her Fourth Birthday


On January 24, 2017, Fiona the hippo defied odds when she was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo. At the time of her birth, she weighed a meager 29 pounds — about a fifth of what most hippos weigh when they're born.

Since her birth, she has gained national attention, had her (sweet, kind and plump) face plastered all over T-shirts, beer cans, Skyline Chili cups, Facebook news feeds and, well, literally everywhere and anywhere else. And — in many ways — she's brought our community together. In the past three years she’s accomplished a lot, including being voted Best Cincinnatian by readers in CityBeat's 2018 and 2019 Best of Cincinnati issue.

If you're feeling nostalgic, we put together this slideshow of photos of baby Fiona to peruse from our visit in June 2017.

01/24/2019 | Photos by Hailey Bollinger