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Cincinnati Zoo's Baby Hippo to Star in Facebook Video Series

Fiona has already garnered millions of views on the zoo's Facebook page since her premature birth in January

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    Fiona the hippo made her debut in Cincinnati on Thursday and seemed to take pure pleasure in wowing her spectators. Her audience was restricted to the media, but that didn't seem to stop her from putting on a show. The 4-month-old hippo swam, ran, and hopped her way into the hearts of those who were there to show her off to the world. The zoo staff kept in step as she got acclimated to a 9-foot pool in the hippo cove. Fiona was born six weeks premature in January and severely underweight at only 29 pounds. She's now a whopping 270-plus pounds and can hold her breath underwater for up to two full minutes. Zoo officials say she's gaining weight and strength, but she's not quite ready to make a public appearance. Caretakers are hoping she can be on exhibit sometime this summer.

    (Published Thursday, June 1, 2017)

    The Cincinnati Zoo says its popular baby hippo will star in an internet video series called "The Fiona Show" starting next week.

    The zoo says the first video will be available on the show's Facebook page on Tuesday. It's not clear how many videos are planned or how regularly they will be produced.

    Fiona has already garnered millions of views on the zoo's Facebook page since her premature birth in January.

    Since then, her face has appeared on ice cream and beer, she was named an honorary deputy sheriff and a children's book about her was announced.

    Fiona was born Jan. 24 weighing about 29 pounds. She overcame early health scares and now weighs more than 450 pounds.