Cincinatti Zoo’s name contest for baby hippo draws over 90,000 suggestions

A zoo in the United States has received more than 90,000 name suggestions for their newest arrival, a baby hippopotamus born last week.

The little male hippopotamus was born at Cicinatti Zoo and is the baby brother of Fiona the hippopotamus, who went viral when she was born two months premature in 2017.

Now zookeepers have narrowed the potential names of the Bundle of Joy to Fritz and Ferguson.

Updating followers on the zoo’s official Instagram page on Thursday, August 11, the animal care team said, “Thank you for the great name suggestions! The Hippo team had the daunting task of selecting 90,000 names and chose Fritz and Fergison as favorites.

“Both sound great with Fiona! Which one do you prefer? We will announce the team’s final decision on August 15th!

The Cincinatti Zoo encouraged fans to vote for their favorite name online.

Thousands of people left comments under the post, showing how divided the public is between the two names.

“Fritz! Same amount of letters as Fiona,” one person shared.

However, another said: “Ferguson! Ferg for short. Fiona and Ferg sound great together!

The baby hippo, who will average 3,500 to 9,920 pounds (1,587 to 4,499 kg) as an adult male, was born on Thursday evening (August 4).

In an interview with NBC, Cincinatti Zoo spokeswoman Amy Labarbara said, “He’s amazing. He’s doing so well. He is so strong. Just sticking with its mother and doing whatever we want a baby hippo to do. He is swimming and he is doing very well.

Zoo staff discovered 23-year-old hippopotamus Bibi was pregnant for the second time in April 2022.

During her first pregnancy, in which Bibi gave birth to Fiona, the little female weighed just 29 pounds and was unable to stand on her own.

Christina Gorsuch, the zoo’s director of animal care, said in a press release that the new calf “weighs at least twice as much as Fiona and is already walking.”

Zoo keepers confirmed the sex of the baby hippo on Monday August 8, adding: “We are just happy the calf is healthy. Gender didn’t matter much to the hippo team, but it will be interesting to observe and compare the differences in behavior between a hand-raised girl and a mother-raised boy.

“Will this calf be as comfortable with humans as Fiona?” Will it be less independent? Will he like the cameras? »

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