Half ton of fun: Cincinnati Zoo's Fiona turning 2

Half ton of fun: Cincinnati Zoo's Fiona turning 2 Photo: AP

January 21, 2019 06:21 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Now a half ton of fun, the Cincinnati Zoo's famed prematurely born hippo will soon turn 2 years old.

The zoo says a variety of activities will celebrate Fiona's latest milestone. The hippo was born Jan. 24, 2017, at a dangerously low 29 pounds (13 kilograms). Round-the-clock critical care and outside help including from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Cincinnati Children's hospital enabled Fiona to not only survive, but to thrive as a social media sensation . The zoo last month reported she had reached 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms).

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Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley says the weather outlook isn't good for Fiona to be outside on her birthday, but a behind-the-scenes party is planned that will be shared on social media along with a two-year highlights video.

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