Baby hippo born premature receives care package from NICU team at children's hospital
A special care package sent to a baby hippo born premature from the NICU staff at an Ohio children's hospital demonstrates love knows no bounds, nor species.
Fiona, a baby hippo born six weeks premature last week, continues to fight for her life, but thanks to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital NICU staff, she knows she's not alone.
The preemie hippo received superhero capes, a baby book, stuffed animals, and a touching note as a part of a care package the team put together.
In pictures posted to the children hospital's Facebook page, the hippo could be seen snuggling with some of her gifts.
"We believe preemies are all superheroes, regardless of species, and we are all pulling for Fiona as she's learning to eat and working to gain strength," the hospital wrote.
According to the zoo, baby Fiona is getting stronger, despite having trouble nursing from her mother Bibi, a 17-year-old hippo.
Baby Fiona weighed only 26 pounds when she was born, which is 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for the species, the zoo reported.
"She looks like a normal calf but is very, very small. Her heart and lungs sound good and she is pretty responsive to stimuli, but we aren't sure how developed her muscles and brain are," the zoo's curator of mammals, Christina Gorsuch, said in a statement.
The baby Nile hippo — the first of the species to be born at the zoo in 75 years — continues to receive round-the-clock care as she continues to get stronger every day.