#USA Hipp hipp hooray! Proud big sister meets her five-day old baby brother Fritz at Cincinnati Zoo #USNews
Hipp hipp hooray! Proud big sister meets her three-week old baby brother Fritz with their protecting mommy hippo Bibi at Cincinnati Zoo
- Fiona, 5, was filmed getting up near her lovable, days-old brother Fritz
- Keepers have been relieved as Fritz and Fiona hit it off instantly at Cincinnati Zoo
- Fritz will quickly be able to be launched to dad Tucker, zookeepers added
- Fiona went viral after she was filmed napping underwater – and loud night breathing bubbles
This is the heart-melting second a big sister hippo meets her days-old little brother for the very first time.
Fritz was born at Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio lower than a month in the past, with footage posted by zookeepers displaying his shiny pink pores and skin as easy as silk.
But older sis Fiona would not appear jealous of the eye Fritz is getting from their mom Bibi.
In reality, she appears thrilled as she greets the brand new member of the household from inside her cage.
They have been then filmed swimming collectively and enjoying exterior.
The zoo’s animal care director Christina Gorsuch mentioned: ‘This first intro went very properly. [Mom] Bibi was appropriately protecting of Fritz however was not aggressive towards Fiona.
‘The publicity was transient however an ideal first step.
[Fiona] took took her cues from her mother … and backed off when Fritz obtained nearly shut sufficient for a nostril boop.’
‘We will proceed to place Fiona, Fritz, and Bibi collectively for brief intervals till we’re assured that the three are comfy collectively.
‘The subsequent step will then be so as to add [father] Tucker to the combination. We do not have a precise timeline for when that can occur.’
Stocky Fritz already weighed an unimaginable 138lbs on August 23, three weeks after his delivery on August 2.
By distinction Fiona, 5, weighed simply 25lbs, a brand new lowest weight ever recorded for her species.
Named after the Shrek heroine due to her little ears, Fiona was born at the zoo in January 2017 – six weeks untimely.
Last 12 months Fiona was filmed napping underwater in her tank – and loud night breathing out bubbles.
Hippos can shut their nostrils and maintain their breath for greater than 5 minutes whereas submerged, even sleeping underwater.
The huge herbivores use a reflex which raises them up for a breath of air with out waking up.
Speaking final 12 months, Cincinnati Zoo director Thayne Maynard mentioned: ‘Fiona gained the hearts of Cincinnatians when she fought to outlive after being born six weeks early and terribly underweight.
‘Three years later, folks everywhere in the world are nonetheless loopy about this regular, wholesome hippo.’
He added: ‘She has taught us rather a lot.’
A zoo staffer hand-milked her mom Bibi, and Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington helped develop a particular system.
Nurses from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have been even enlisted to place in a hippo IV as a part of the miraculous effort to avoid wasting baby Fiona.