16 Reasons Why Fiona the Hippo Is The Internet’s New BFF

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The Cincinnati Zoo

If you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you may not have heard about the Cincinnati zoo's newest social media icon, Fiona the hippo. If this is the case, you've got some catching up to do. Brief overview: Fiona was born in the Cincinnati Zoo at just 29 pounds (which is seriously premature for a baby hippo). As updates were posted by the zoo on social media, Fiona's prognosis wasn't good, but she quickly beat the odds to the joy and admiration of her newly-found fan base.

Since then, Fiona has won over the hearts of America with her sassy attitude, zest for life and straight-up cuteness. In case you're still not convinced, here are 16 reasons why Fiona the hippo is everyone's BFF:

1. She was the underdog we were all rooting for

The odds were stacked against young Fiona. Although it may sound like a lot on human terms, Fiona was born at only 29 pounds. The average baby hippo is typically anywhere from 55 to a whopping 120 pounds at birth. Entering the world an unhealthy, premature baby hippo — Fiona quickly caught up and regained her health and vitality. Watching Fiona transform from frail baby to an independent social media mogul was truly inspiring. Who doesn’t love a classic underdog story?