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Cincinnati Zoo's Hippo Family Reunited

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ hippopotamus family swam together for the first time on Tuesday, July 11. Baby hippo Fiona was separated from mother Bibi and father Henry when she was born six weeks early in January.

Fiona and Bibi have spent significant time together, and Henry has spent some time with Fiona. But the three had not spent time together as a family until Tuesday morning before the zoo opened. Bibi intervened when she felt Henry got too close to Fiona, the zoo said.

The zoo said the three hippos will be spending more time together, though there is no set schedule.

Fiona was born in January at 29 pounds, which is about 30 pounds lighter than the normal weight range for a baby hippo. She now weighs almost 375 pounds. The zoo staff cared for Fiona away from her parents and the zoo crowds for several months before introducing her to the outdoor habitat and to her parents. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via Storyful

Cincinnati Zoo's Baby Black Rhino Doing Well

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ two-day-old black rhinoceros is nursing well and is active and healthy, according to a report posted on Wednesday, July 19. The sex of the rhino, named Kendi, has yet to be confirmed.

The zoo said part of Kendi’s umbilical cord can still be seen in a video released on Wednesday, which will dry up and fall off like with a human.

Kendi was born on Monday after mom Seyia’s 15-month gestation period. Kendi is the fifth eastern black rhino born in North America in the last two years.

The black rhinos are classified as critically endangered because of poaching and habitat loss. Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the world, and about 60 of them are managed in North American zoos. Credit: YouTube/Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via Storyful

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Rare Eastern Black Rhino Gives Birth at Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens welcomed the long-awaited birth of a baby rhino early on July 17.

Seyia, an eastern black rhino, gave birth to a healthy calf named Kendi after 30 minutes of labor. The calf is one of only five eastern black rhinos born in North America in the last two years.

The sex of the calf has not yet been established as the crew at Cincinnati Zoo are giving the mother and baby space during this critical bonding stage. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via Storyful

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)