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Cincinnati Zoo says hippos Fiona and Tucker have been breeding

Cincinnati Zoo says hippos Fiona and Tucker have been breeding

Months after a baby hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, there’s been some new developments at Hippo Cove.Officials with the Cincinnati Zoo posted to member Facebook pages saying hippos Fiona and Tucker have been breeding.”They are not related and this was expected to happen at some point,” zoo officials said in the post. Zoo officials said Fiona is now at the age where she is sexually mature and is currently on birth control since the zoo is not ready to add to the bloat at this time, officials said. “Fiona, and all hippos, are very aware of when they need to surface for a breath. She can maneuver away from Tucker if she needs to,” the post continued.Fiona’s mom Bibi welcomed baby hippo Fritz in August after breeding with Tucker in December. Fritz is the second baby for Bibi, after Fiona, who was born in 2017. 24, 2017, at the Cincinnati Zoo, six weeks before she was due. She weighed just 29 pounds, about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for the species. The normal range is 55-120 pounds. She has since grown to a healthy weight and is getting ready to celebrate her 6th birthday in January.

Months after a baby hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, there’s been some new developments at Hippo Cove.

Officials with the Cincinnati Zoo posted to member Facebook pages saying hippos Fiona and Tucker have been breeding.

“They are not related and this was expected to happen at some point,” zoo officials said in the post.

Zoo officials said Fiona is now at the age where she is sexually mature and is currently on birth control since the zoo is not ready to add to the bloat at this time, officials said.

“Fiona, and all hippos, are very aware of when they need to surface for a breath. She can maneuver away from Tucker if she needs to,” the post continued.

Fiona’s mom Bibi welcomed baby hippo Fritz in August after breeding with Tucker in December.

Fritz is the second baby for Bibi, after Fiona, who was born in 2017.

The feisty hippo was born on Jan. 24, 2017, at the Cincinnati Zoo, six weeks before she was due. She weighed just 29 pounds, about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for the species. The normal range is 55-120 pounds.

She has since grown to a healthy weight and is getting ready to celebrate her 6th birthday in January.

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