Cincinnati Zoo's premature hippo Fiona takes first steps

Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's beloved premature baby hippo, drank more from her bottle Monday than ever before, and zoo officials said she weighed in at nearly 37 pounds. And in the video below, about a week prior, she was recorded standing up for the first time.

However, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens staff yesterday filmed Fiona taking her first steps.

That's very important because she wasn't able to stand and nurse, straight from her mother.

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Staff have been watching over Fiona around the clock since her birth.

The zoo explained that Fiona was being nursed close enough to mom Bibi and dad Henry that they could all hear and smell each other. Thousands of people have shared her photos and videos of the zookeepers nursing her to health.

On Tuesday, when the zoo gave the hippo her name, they warned that she was "not out of the woods yet".

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'Her premature lungs absorb Carbon dioxide when she holds her breath (dive reflex) and cause oxygen levels to dip'.

"Fiona was active during the night and consumed a good amount of formula on her own", zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said in a statement. The normal range is 55 to 120 pounds.

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