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10 Times I Felt A Close Connection To Fiona The Hippo

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Every generation has its archetypes. There is the hero, the ingenue, the it-girl, etc., etc.

It’s not often that one generation’s starlet encompasses everything an icon can be. Our generation has been #blessed with the culmination of each of these and she is a hippo. Her name is Fiona and she resides on a throne in the Cincinnati Zoo, which isn’t exactly well-known for its proper treatment of animals. Consider Fiona its (and our) savior.

Fiona was born premature, a rare breed who wasn’t expected to survive. Despite the odds, Fiona didn’t just survive, she thrived.

Now we’re all lucky to have Fiona in our lives as a wise, sage being, a princess, a success story and the sister we’ve always wanted. Fiona is pure, positive and kind.

It’s not hard to feel for Fiona and empathize with her on a level that can only be described as instinctual. Here are 10 times we felt with Fiona. As you read, please play Mariah Carey‘s “Hero” softly in the background.


1. When she basically expressed exactly how we all feel heading to the beach for vacation…


2. When she gave us an all-knowing look as though she was saying, “I told you so…”


3. When she was highly skeptical of her surroundings like me seeing drunk people at a party…

We've had a lot of questions about Fiona's reaction to the fish in the outdoor pool. Tilapia are in the pool because they eat dung (and hippos produce a LOT of dung in the water), which helps keep the water crystal clear. Fiona is definitely aware of the fish and she does interact with them sometimes. (Probably because sheโ€™s young, full of energy, inquisitive and curious about anything new around her.) There is one tilapia that has designated its territory towards the back of the pool and that particular fish will attack Fiona when she ventures too close and tries to get her to move away. Fiona seems confused and does try to interact with it using her mouth. #hippo #TeamFiona #fionafix #cincinnatizoo #cincinnati #closeenoughtocare

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4. When she just had to let it all out…


5. When she had some abandonment issues to mend…


6. When she was surrounded by supportive, adoring friends…


7. When she faced a new day with a smile…


8. When she forged an incredible bond with her mother…


9. When she brought people together…


10. When she wasn’t scared to show off her beach body…

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