Mom Bibi keeps close eye on Fritz during brief outdoor introduction
CINCINNATI, OH (August 16, 2022) — Two-week-old baby hippo Fritz and his mom Bibi explored the outdoor habitat at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Hippo Cove for the first time yesterday morning.
“The habitat introduction went pretty much as we hoped it would,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care Christina Gorsuch. “Bibi, followed closely by Fritz, came out right away and walked into the pool. She showed great maternal instincts and used her body to block Fritz from spending too much time in deep water. He went under to nurse and explore a little but stayed right by mom.”
They spent a little over an hour in the water and then headed back to the indoor habitat where they’ve been bonding since Fritz was born on August 3, 2022. Fritz’s big sister, Fiona, and dad, Tucker, went back outside after mom and baby came in.
“We will continue to expose Fritz to the habitat more and more in the coming days,” said Gorsuch. “Once we’re confident that he and Bibi are comfortable in all corners of that space, visitors will get a chance to see them.”
Hippo Cove will be closed during introductions, and the live hippo cams (available to members and virtual members) will be turned off.
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