18 Photos of Cincinnati’s Beloved Baby Fiona to Celebrate National Hippo Day


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 lbs., 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 two years she’s accomplished a lot, including being voted Cincinnatian of the Year by readers in CityBeat's 2018 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