Playful Hippo Jumps Out The Water And Swims Like A Dolphin At Zoo

by : Emily Brown on : 30 Jun 2020 11:45
Playful Hippo Jumps Out The Water And Swims Like A Dolphin At ZooPlayful Hippo Jumps Out The Water And Swims Like A Dolphin At ZooCincinnati Zoo/YouTube

A fun-loving hippo has been making the most out of her zoo habitat by leaping around in the water like a playful dolphin. 

Fiona the hippo and her mum, Bibi, live at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where they have access to an outdoor pool surrounded by rocks and windows.


In general the animals are considered to be very dangerous, but it’s clear they also have a fun side as footage taken at the zoo shows Fiona frolicking about in her enclosure, boosting herself out of the water like a dolphin popping up to say hello.

Check out the video here:

The hippo’s closest living relative is a whale, but while whales spend their time in the sea, hippos can’t actually swim.


According to Discover Wildlife, hippos actually sink whenever they’re in water, so Fiona is really gliding around by running along the bottom of the pool and pushing herself from the floor in order to burst out above the surface.

The video shows her making her way through the pool before climbing out onto the rocks and running around to the other side for another go – though not before her mum puts her in her place by bearing her teeth.

Fiona became known across the world when she was born six weeks premature in 2017, becoming the smallest hippo ever to survive. Animal lovers were able to monitor her progress through the zoo’s Facebook series The Fiona Show, which documented her birth and growth over the weeks.


The history-making hippo might sometimes get confused about what animal she is, but at least she’s having fun!

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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