Baby hippo Fiona makes media splash

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Baby hippo Fiona makes media splash

She was already a social media sensation.

Now Fiona the hippo, whose fight for survival enthralled online viewers worldwide, has made her first public appearance in front of journalists at Cincinnati Zoo.

She splashed around in a pool on Wednesday in a clear sign that her health problems are now water under the bridge.

Born six weeks early in January, underweight and dehydrated, Fiona was treated by doctors at a children’s hospital.

Online viewers followed her progress via updates from the US zoo, which made headlines a year ago when Harambe the gorilla was shot dead after a child fell into his enclosure.

This story has a happier ending. Fiona is now making a splash at around 120 kilos, which is well on the way to a normal hippo weight.

with Reuters