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A baby hippo born premature at the Cincinnati Zoo is gaining some strength

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A baby hippo born premature at the Cincinnati Zoo is gaining some strength

WATCH | A baby hippo born premature is hanging in there.

A baby hippopotamus born six weeks premature in the world's second oldest zoo is gaining some strength but continues to receive around the clock attention, according to WKRC.

Born Wednesday at the Cincinnati Zoo, the baby hippo, who remains unnamed, went for her first swim for some pool therapy, which will help with muscle growth and balance. 

Her mother, Bibi, is said to be doing well. Zoo staff is collecting Bibi's milk and adding it to a fluid mixture to so that it can be tube-fed to the baby.


The baby hippo was born in critical condition, weighing 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for this species. 

"We are giving her fluids and keeping her moist and warm,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo. “Her little system is underdeveloped, and getting her to a healthy weight will be a challenge. Vets and animal staff are doing everything they can to get her through this critical time.”


As a designated vulnerable species, according to National Geographic, news of the baby's uptick in health is bringing some relief to the zookeepers, who haven't welcomed this type of hippo to the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.

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