Animals

Fiona The Hippo Now Weighs More Than 1,000 Pounds

A little holiday weight gain had a positive effect on Fiona!

Just about two years ago, the hearts of people the world over simultaneously exploded when Fiona the hippo was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo. At the time, Fiona was a mere 29 pounds, which is 25 pounds lighter than any other recorded birth for the Nile hippo species.

Those at the zoo were worried she wouldn’t make it. People everywhere rooted for her, falling in love with her sweet face and her tiny grunts and the ins and outs (eating… swimming… napping) of her day-to-day.

Cue the awwws:

Over the past two years, Fiona has persevered, and her fame has continued to skyrocket. Remember that time someone snapped a photo of Fiona smooching a little girl?