It’s Fiona the hippo’s first birthday. She did it! And she deserves a cake.
The baby hippo, born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo last January, has become a bonafide celebrity in her first year of life, making headlines with everything from her first steps to that time she crashed an engagement photo.
But Fiona is more than a cute baby animal (although she is certainly queen of that category). She’s a success story that wasn’t always a sure thing. And her survival is the result of intuitive, amazing round-the-clock care from her keepers — as well as some kind of Fiona-specific tenacity that she probably stores in her ears.
So on her first birthday, there’s a lot to celebrate. The official party was last weekend, but Fiona obviously still got another hippo-friendly birthday cake. Per Food and Wine, “hippo-friendly” means that it’s made of fruit ice and covered in watermelon, honeydew, and Fiona’s very first pineapple. Basically a huge popsicle! Hell yeah, Fiona!
And, of course, the occasion was worthy of a Facebook Live.
Is anyone else openly sobbing? I’m for sure not — I just wanted to check on everyone else.
Happy birthday, Queen Fiona. We love you.