VIDEO: 4-month-old hippo makes appearance at the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WSYR-TV/CNN) - A 4-month-old hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo is expected to make her big public debut sometime in the next couple of weeks.

But Fiona the hippo ventured out for a preview on Wednesday, while exploring her outdoor habitat after hours.

Swimmers joined her in a 9-foot pool, filling in for family members who would help her learn to swim.

Fiona – born a preemie and unable to nurse from her mother – has to be gradually introduced to her parents.

The zoo’s online photo and video postings have caused her popularity to soar.


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