Fiona could have some stiff competition for the internet’s affection.
A pygmy hippopotamus was born at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and made its first public appearance on Tuesday.
The newest addition to the zoo family was introduced as “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” played over the speakers in the background in a Facebook Live video.
Fiona, a hippo born six weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year, became a viral sensation as zookeepers shared her journey to gain strength and reunite with her family.
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A Lowry Park Zoo Facebook post announced the pygmy hippo’s birth Monday and invited the public to meet the baby Tuesday morning.
The calf is 4 days old, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Zoo officials said they have not yet named the calf and usually wait about a week before talking about a name. They estimate the calf weighed about nine pounds at birth.
It’s mother Zsa Zsa’s fourth calf and the fourth pygmy hippo born at the zoo, officials said in a Facebook Live video introducing the baby. The sex of the calf has not yet been determined.
“Right now we’re not intervening, we’re letting mom and calf spend time bonding without any kind of interference from staff. So, they’re doing really well, we just want to sit back. Right now, all we’re worried (about) is a healthy, happy little hippo,” Chris Massaro, general curator said in the Facebook video.
Massaro said the calf will be out in the habitat for limited hours during the day.
The last calf a couple years ago went to another zoo, officials said. A baby pygmy hippo was born to Zsa Zsa on Oct. 11 2014, according to the city of Tampa. The zoo has had two other successful births in 2012 and 2008.
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week