Fiona the Hippo Chills Out as She Tastes Snow for the First Time

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Fiona the Hippo has been introduced to a cold new concept — snow.

The hippo, which is thriving at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden despite being born premature last year, spotted the white stuff on the ground for the first time Saturday with her mom, Bibi.

As Fiona and Bibi stuck their heads in the cold substance, the young hippo was apparently not impressed and walked away, as seen in a clip provided by the zoo.

Bibi on the other hand, seemed to love it, giving herself a snow mustache.

Fiona got her first taste of snow today. Although Fiona wasn’t too keen to play with it, Bibi had some fun!

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Saturday, January 13, 2018

It should come as little surprise that Fiona did not like the snow, as hippos are native to sub-Sahara Africa and prefer warmer climates, living in lakes and rivers. 

While Fiona may not have liked the snow, the zoo’s red pandas loved it more than any other animal as officials allowed them to frolic in the cold over the weekend as well.

It is “panda”monium at the Zoo today! Our red pandas may enjoy the snow more than any other animal at the Zoo.

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Sunday, January 14, 2018

On Monday, the zoo weighed Fiona, and she came in at 649 pounds. She will turn a year old later this month. 

Fiona only gets on the scale once a week now. Today she clocked in at 649lbs!! Go Girl!

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Monday, January 15, 2018


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