Fiona the hippo was born on January 24, nearly six weeks early, and weighed in at just 29 pounds. (Traditionally, a newborn hippo weighs anywhere from 55 to 120 pounds.) Shortly after her birth, Fiona was separated from her parents — she’s getting special attention from the zoo until she can stand and nurse entirely on her own.
The tiny hippo calf has experienced bouts of low energy and fatigue.
Zookeepers will bottle-feed Fiona until she is able to nurse independently. During feeding time, carbon dioxide is absorbed into her lungs, causing her oxygen levels to dip.
Baby Fiona has already come a long way! If you find her to be too cute for words, share her story with your family and friends.