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January 19, 2018
by Shayla Concannon

This cutie is turning 1!


This cutie patootie is turning 1 tomorrow and it is suppose to be quite lovely outside. If you are not out house hunting and are looking to shake off your cabin fever, head over to the zoo and celebrate with Ms. Fiona!

We’ve given each other Fiona gifts all year.

T-shirts. Beer. Cookies. Calendars. Playing cards. Heck, we even wrapped those gifts in Fiona-themed paper.

But now it’s time for us to throw a party for the hippo herself.

January 24 marks the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden star’s first birthday. And her hometown is throwing this global sensation a few parties to celebrate.

More: You don’t know everything about Fiona’s first year. We promise.

The zoo will mark this milestone for the hippo born six weeks early from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It’s all included with zoo admission, by the way.

Here’s a look at the goodies and activities:

So will the guest of honor appear? It has to be 50 degrees or above for Fiona to go out on exhibit.

As of Friday afternoon, there is a slight chance of a birthday hippo sighting. The forecast is partly sunny, with a high near 45.


Rookwood Pottery, which produced a Fiona ornament, will also host a bash after her birthday at the 1920 Race St. location.

The event from 10 a.m.-2 pm. Jan. 27 will feature a new product release, as well as a signing with Rookwood Fiona artist Mary Guanciale.

Other highlights:

Pop-up shop from Cincy Shirts
Appearance by Fiona book author Lucy May and illustrator Kevin Necessary
Fiona cupcakes from Busken Bakery, refreshments from Coffee Emporium
Presentation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
And now might be a good time to get Fiona-themed gifts for the human birthdays on your calendar.

Cincy Shirts is also hosting a sale of its Fiona swag Jan. 24.

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