Fiona The Hippo is getting her own show and fans are thrilled to see the majestic animal eat, sleep, grow, and basically be as adorable as she can be.
There was no doubt that Fiona was a star, a feat she has maintained ever since she was born. And now, she has her how Facebook series to show for it.
According to WCPO, the series, which will be dubbed as The Fiona Show, is set to premiere on the social media platform on Tuesday, August 29, and will include the never-before-seen footage of the birth of the celebrity animal.
To bring those who have just tuned in up to speed, Fiona The Hippo became a massive star after she was born prematurely on January 24, 2017 at the Cincinnati Zoo. Based on an article from Zoo Borns, hippopotamuses usually carry their babies for about 243 days before giving birth.
According to the outlet, the herbivorous mammal came to the world six weeks early from her mom, Bibi, and was 25 pounds lighter than the lightest hippo baby ever born. As a preemie, Fiona was also incapable of nursing from her mother so she received utmost care that normal born hippos don’t usually get from zoo keepers.
Some may think that Fiona The Hippo was just a cure for the April The Giraffe hangover that gripped the worldwide web, per a report from the Inquisitr, but there is no doubt that the popular mammal is a star in her own right.
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) August 23, 2017
After her birth, caretakers of the Cincinnati Zoo have shared Fiona’s journey through photos on their social media pages.
— WCPO (@WCPO) August 15, 2017
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A recent update from the zoo revealed how she “tipped the scales” with 451 pounds, a stark contrast when she was born.
Now, she gets her own Facebook page where The Fiona Show is set to be live streamed and an adorable profile picture to match.
Her birth also launched a worldwide social media phenomenon with the hashtag #TeamFiona, giving her adoring fans a means to reach out to her via the internet.
— Austin Fast (@a_fast) August 23, 2017
New policy: If it's not baby hippos, it's a no. A hard no. Whatever it is. No hippo, no Joe. #TeamFiona
— Joe Wertz (@joewertz) August 15, 2017
— Cassie (@cass_kay13) August 20, 2017
Some even came to her defense after she was compared to the least popular American president in the history of Twitter: Donald Trump.
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Fiona The Hippo also made the headlines when she inadvertently photobombed her own family reunion in July, an event deemed by E! News enough to “give you all the feels.”
Family reunion! We've never been more excited about a post! BiFi (the power duo name that’s being used for Bibi and Fiona) was joined by Henry this morning for the first time. The three were introduced in Hippo Cove’s outdoor pool before the Zoo opened, supervised by their care team. The short introduction went well. Bibi intervened when Henry got too close to Fiona, which was exactly what we were hoping to see. Introductions will continue. There is still no set schedule for when Fiona will be out. When she is out, she has access to go inside, so visitors may or may not see her. Please be understanding if you visit the Zoo and Hippo Cove is closed off as the family needs time to get used to each other in the outdoor pool. #cincinnati #cincinnatizoo #closeenoughtocare #teamfiona #hippo #fionafix
According to the post, the baby hippo was introduced to her family in Hippo Cove’s outdoor pool for the first time since her birth. After meeting her parents, Fiona even became protective of her mother when Henry, her father, got too close for comfort to Bibi.
Fiona’s growing number of fans continue to expand. She is expected to amass more followers by the time The Fiona Show premieres next week.
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