Cincinnati Zoo’s baby hippo has a name

(CNN) — There are votes. The Cincinnati Zoo’s baby hippo is named Fritz.

Choosing the name of Fiona’s younger brother, born August 3, was a group effort.

The zoo received more than 90,000 nominations from members of the public in every US state and more than 60 countries, according to a release from the zoo.

The final two names were chosen by the zoo before opening a poll. Fritz and Ferguson were the latter. Fritz received 56% of the 223,000 votes cast, the zoo said.

“We’re happy with every name, but we think the name Fritz fits the personality of this little guy,” said Wendy Rice, Cincinnati Zoo’s head hippo keeper. “We also thought it was a funny idea because ‘Fritz’ was based on Bibi’s birth control ‘on the fritz.'”

A previous birth control disorder for Bibi did not prevent this pregnancy, the zoo said when the pregnancy was announced.

“Most methods of contraception, in hippos or humans, (are not) 100% reliable,” said Christina Gorsuch, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care.

Bibi the hippo gave birth on August 3 to her calf, which is the younger brother of Fiona, who became world famous after giving birth six weeks earlier in 2017. A few days after the birth of the new arrival, the zoo announced that it was a boy. .

“We are just happy for the calf’s health. The female is not very attached to the hippo group, but it is interesting to observe and compare the differences between a hand-fed girl and a mother-fed boy,” Gorsuch said in a statement.

“Will this cat be comfortable with people like Fiona? Will it lose its independence? Will it like computer pictures?”

Fiona’s weight is extremely low for a hippo, but she managed to survive with a lot of human help from the zoo’s team. Fiona weighs 1,300 pounds.

“This cat is very important to us because Fiona, Bibi’s first baby, weighed just 29lbs when she was born six weeks ago and she couldn’t stand him down,” Gorsuch said. “This new calf weighs twice as much as Fiona and is walking,” the zoo said a few days after the new calf was born.

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