Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
After teasing the news on social media for several days, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has announced that its hippo Bibi is expecting, which means Fiona the hippo will soon be a big sister.
The Ohio zoo officially announced Fiona's mom Bibi is pregnant in a release on Monday.
"The hippo team is excited and also nervous," Eric Byrd, the manager of Cincinnati Zoo's Africa team, said in a statement about the pregnancy before bringing up Fiona's eventful birth. "As most people know, Bibi's first baby, Fiona, was born six weeks premature and wouldn't have survived without the kebun binatang gembira loka jogja intervention of her human caregivers. We are hoping for a full-term pregnancy and will be doing everything we can to support Bibi."
Reproductive physiologists at the zoo's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) are working with Bibi's caretakers to ensure the mother hippo gets everything she and her baby needs during the pregnancy. Right now, Bibi's team is helping the animal with hormone supplements and her regular ultrasounds to monitor the growth and health of the fetus.