Famous hippo Fiona nears 1st birthday after up-and-down year

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Fiona, Hippo, Cincinnati Zoo
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CINCINNATI (AP) – The Cincinnati Zoo plans to celebrate the first birthday of its famous baby hippo, Fiona, with special treats and a visit by specialists from a children’s hospital who helped her survive after her premature birth.

Fiona turns 1 on January 24. The zoo will celebrate a bit early on January 20, with events including cake and ice cream for visitors and question-and-answer sessions with Fiona’s caretakers.

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Fiona had a rollercoaster first year, from battling early health complications to becoming a social media star and the subject of several books. The zoo says Fiona can’t be outside in low temperatures, so she is spending winter mostly indoors.

She has grown from 29 pounds at birth to more than 600 pounds, though that’s still far from adult-hippo size.

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