Fiona the hippo has a name after a global contest: NPR


The Cincinnati Zoo named their baby hippo Fritz. The healthy baby calf was born on August 3.

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Fiona the hippo has a name after a global contest: NPR

The Cincinnati Zoo named their baby hippo Fritz. The healthy baby calf was born on August 3.

Cincinnati Zoo

After thousands of suggestions from around the world, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden named their baby hippo Fritz.

Fritz’s sister is Fiona, who came to the world’s attention in 2017 after she was born six weeks premature. Fans have continually supported the 5-year-old hippo, who has since become the Cincinnati Zoo’s star animal.

After Fritz was born, the zoo said it received more than 90,000 name suggestion submissions from all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 different countries.

The zoo narrowed the two name options down to Fritz and Ferguson. Fritz received 56% of more than 200,000 votes cast, according to the zoo.

“We would have been happy with either name, but we really think the name Fritz fits the personality of this spunky little guy,” said Wendy Rice, the Cincinnati Zoo’s chief hippo keeper. , in a press release on Monday.

The pregnancy of Fiona’s mother, Bibi, was a happy surprise for the zoo. In April, he announced that despite taking doses of contraceptives, Bibi was pregnant. And that makes the name even more appropriate.

“We also thought it was funny that it was suggested because ‘Fritz’ is here because Bibi’s birth control is ‘on the fritz,'” Rice said.




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