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Cincinnati Zoo's Prematurely-Born Hippo Tests Out Her Speed

The prematurely born hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens checked out her new, bigger space to play on Friday March 24. Fiona is in the new area to exercise and build more muscles.

In a video posted on Saturday, Fiona even tries out her speed by running across her new area.

Fiona was born six weeks early in January at 29 pounds, well below the normal birth weight for a hippo. She has been under the care of the zoo staff away from her parents since then. She topped 100 pounds last week.

A version of this video without the captions and music is available at the download link. Credit: YouTube/Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via Storyful

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Terrible news.

I happen to live not too far away from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. I just got word that a gorilla had to be put down for reasons that could have been prevented.

Apparently, a three-year-old child had managed to climb past the exhibit boundaries in the exhibit, and was grabbed by the gorilla. In order to save the boy, the gorilla was shot and killed.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to that zoo before, and I don’t think a three-year-old would have managed to climb past the boundaries on his own. Regardless if he did or not, the parents are still heavy to blame for this for not being responsible. A wild animal isn’t able to think for itself in situations like that, and at this point, it should be common sense that you shouldn’t let your kids climb around on structures when there are clearly dangerous consequences if not careful.

To make matters worse, the gorilla had just reached its seventeenth birthday. There’s no excuse behind this. Maybe I’m going a little far by adding this, but the parents should be charged for being responsible for the incident.

No charges for mother whose child fell into gorilla exhibit

Cincinnati Enquirer: Officials will not charge the mother of a 3-year-old boy who fell into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit last month, forcing authorities to shoot the gorilla, a prosecutor announced Monday.

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Photo: A statue of a gorilla and baby at the entrance to Gorilla World at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has become a memorial for Harambe. (The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour)