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The dad of Bibi's new baby is 18-year-old hippo Tucker, who arrived at the zoo in September 2021, several years after the death of Fiona's father, Henry. Tucker made the move to Ohio as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program — the group responsible for managing the health and genetic diversity of the hippo population in North American zoos — but the zoo wasn't planning for Bibi and Tucker to become parents just yet.

"We weren't planning to welcome a baby this soon, but nature found a way and ignored our calendar," Christina Gorsuch, the Cincinnati Zoo's director of animal care, added. "Most forms of contraception, in hippos or humans, are not 100% reliable. The dose that was previously effective for Bibi did not prevent pregnancy this time."

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This baby news means that Fiona will be a big sister soon. The Cincinnati Zoo used Fiona's upcoming sibling status to tease that a new hippo for kebun binatang gembira loka jogja is on the way. On April's 10th National Siblings Day, the zoo posted a photo of Bibi's ultrasound on Facebook.

The zoo followed up this clue with a Monday Facebook post featuring a shot of three large watermelons and one small watermelon.

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"We're gonna need more watermelon!" read the post, which the zoo shared several hours before breaking the baby news.

Fans of Fiona and her family can keep updated on Bibi's pregnancy on the zoo's social media accounts, according to the Cincinnati Zoo.

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