The hippo Fiona is the big sister to a baby brother.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden finally announced the gender of the baby hippo that was born last week, WHIO reported.
But the baby still doesn’t have a name.
That’s where animal lovers come in. The Cincinnati Zoo is looking for suggestions on what to name the bundle of joy. Zoo officials have set up a website where people can help name Bibi’s newest baby. The name will be announced later this week, the zoo said in a news release.
Zoo keepers said that it didn’t matter whether Fiona had a sister or a brother.
“We’re just happy that the calf is healthy. The sex didn’t matter much to the hippo team, but it will be interesting to observe and compare the behavioral differences between a hand-raised girl and a mom-raised boy,” Christina Gorsuch, the zoo’s director of animal care, said in a statement. “Will this calf be as comfortable with humans as Fiona is? Will he be less independent? Will he love cameras?”
It will still be a few days or weeks before visitors to the zoo get a glimpse of the baby.
“Bibi and the baby are doing great together. They are inseparable, which is why it took almost five days to be sure about the sex,” Gorsuch said. “They will continue to bond inside for another week or two. Fiona and Tucker are outside, so visitors will still be able to see hippos when they come to the Zoo.”
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