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    Cincinnati Zoo: Premature Hippo Begins to Support Weight
    Associated Press
    In this photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, a zoo employee using a bottle to provide fluids to a female Nile hippopotamus calf born to 17-year-old mother Bibi and 35-year-old father Henry Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, six weeks before the anticipated March 2017 due date, at the zoo in Cincinnati.

    The Cincinnati Zoo said a prematurely born baby hippo is making progress toward standing on her own.

    The zoo said the calf born early Tuesday is starting to support her weight for a few seconds at a time.

    Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said the hippo has gained almost 4 pounds since birth but is still about 20 pounds under the low end of a normal birth weight of 55 to 120 pounds for a Nile hippo.

    Curley said the hippo continues to receive 24-hour-a-day care, including exercises to help strengthen her muscles.

    The zoo said 17-year-old Bibi gave birth six weeks early to the first Nile hippo born there in 75 years.

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