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Cincinnati Zoo's premature hippo Fiona takes first steps

Cincinnati Zoo's premature hippo Fiona takes first steps

Now, she is defying the odds; taking her first steps at Cincinnati Zoo over the weekend after she was born six weeks premature.

Though Fiona continues to reach milestones, she is still fed video tube by staff and subject to continuous wellness checks.

The zoo has been providing round the clock care and daily blog updates on the health of little Fiona, which is steadily improving.

The zoo also asked for everyone to "keep the positive vibes coming!"

Fiona was born at the zoo on January 24, six weeks early.

Even though Fiona she can't nurse yet, she's still getting nutrients from her mother's milk.

Keepers worked Saturday to regulate her oxygen intake, so they held her chest to chest so she could feel normal breathing, broadcaster WCPO Cincinnati has reported.

She is being cared for in close proximity to mom and dad, Henry, so they can hear and smell each other, zoo officials said. She needs to learn how to nurse on her own, walk, swim and get a lot bigger'. "She is now able to suckle both in and out of the water and is gaining weight", zoo officials said Monday.

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