Children’s hospital doctors saved premature baby Hippo’s life: Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati zoo tweeted that this baby hippo’s steps are now in right direction and she is well on bottle and through IV, getting necessary fluids. Name of this baby Hippo is Fiona. Doctors of children’s hospital have actually saved the life of this premature baby Hippo. Urgent intravenous drip was injected to this baby Hippo when she started refusing milk and became victim of dehydration.

Children’s hospital doctors saved premature baby Hippo’s life: Cincinnati Zoo

Hippo named BIBI gave birth to this baby Hippo Fiona on 24th January, six weeks ago and it is worth mentioning here that Hippo BIBI is 17 years old.

When Fiona was born her weight was 29lbs (13 kg), and zoo authorities mentioned that this weight does not suit to this species. At birth their weight must be 25-54 kg and still one month after birth Fiona’s weight is not equal to 25kg.

Zoo authorities mentioned that nowadays Fiona is teething and bottle feeding is the cause of discomfort for Fiona.

She grew sick and pliant and then children’s hospital made their entry and helped her in rehydration process.

Christina Gorsuch zoo’s curator of mammals told that zoo premises also have IV but that would be unsuitable for Fiona’s vein.

Children’s hospital doctors saved premature baby Hippo’s life: Cincinnati Zoo

She added up that we are lucky that world class facilities are available right next door to us and whole department is expert in working about difficult veins.

IV catheter is fitted to Fiona and hospital’s vascular team’s two members, on Friday fitted ultrasound equipment’s. This is really a great help for us, Zoo authorities mentioned.

IV round is monitored by Keepers on and off round the clock since then.

Miss Gorsuch told that because of five fluid bags Fiona has recovered so soon and she is showing signs of betterment.

She is sleeping a lot but getting her feed properly and this is the reason she is recovering soon.

Fiona is kept close to her Parents, Father Henry and mother BIBI so that she can hear them and smell them properly.