A premature baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo is recovering from dehydration after staff from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provided her with the IV fluids she needed, zoo officials announced.
The four-week-old female hippo, who has been named Fiona, received fluids through an IV catheter. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center staff was called after the zoo’s veterinary staff could not arrange a sustained IV.
The hospital staff team, which works with difficult veins, made use of ultrasound equipment to help place a lifesaving IV catheter in a leg of the baby hippo.
Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the zoo, said, “Preemies have very tiny and unstable veins, and even though our vet team was able to get multiple IVs placed, the veins could not sustain the IV and would blow.”
Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati zoo in more than seven decades. She took birth on 24th of January, at 29 pounds, well below the normal. Now, she is nearing 50 pounds.
The zoo’s veterinarians continue to monitor the baby hippo around-the-clock, providing bottle feedings and certain activities to help her grow stronger.