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Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Fiona hangs with hippo family for first time

Fiona hangs with hippo family for first time

And they posed for the cutest family pic we've seen so far this summer.

The hippos were supervised by their care team from Cincinnati Zoo the entire time and Bibi, Fiona's mum, also kept a watchful eye.

The zoo says the three were introduced Tuesday morning in Hippo Cove's outdoor pool before the zoo opened, and the short introduction went well.

We're glad that after months of growing, Fiona is finally getting to a place where she can be reunited with her family. At first, she needed round-the-clock care.

Fiona was born prematurely and has been separated from Bibi and Henry for the majority of her life.

Fiona hangs with hippo family for first time
Fiona hangs with hippo family for first time

Zoo officials had held off until now, and had reason for their reticence.

"While Henry and Fiona's interactions might feel a little disappointing overall, I think it's really important to note that the behavior we are seeing from Henry is NOT aggressive". Whether it's watching Fiona take her first steps, freaking out over what the heck bubbles are, or having her mouth massaged after teeth started coming through, we've been following Fiona as she continues to grow into a attractive hippo. However, it's important to keep in mind that while Henry has been a father before, the last time he shared space with a baby was around 20 years ago.

The photo shows Fiona with both mom, Bibi, (the power duo is known as BiFi), and dad, Henry, for the first time.

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