CINCINNATI, OH — Henry the hippo might actually use some love proper now.
It’s been a troublesome few months for the Cincinnati Zoo’s beloved behemoth: He’s misplaced his urge for food, solely to regain it and lose it once more; fought off a critical an infection; and his kidneys seemed to be shutting down.
Veterinarians and care employees have been making an attempt to deliver him again to well being, however he continues to slip.
Probably the most telling line in a weblog submit Monday: “We’re doing the whole lot we will to maintain him snug.”
Henry, perhaps most well-known for being Fiona’s father, is 36 years previous; in line with the zoo, the median life expectancy for a Nile hippo is 35. He got here to Cincinnati from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri.
His declining situation comes close to the tail-finish of a reasonably joyous yr for hippo employees: They nurtured Fiona into childhood after she born six weeks early and half a calf’s regular start weight. The complete hippo bloat — Henry, Fiona and mom Bibi — have been all reunited just some months in the past.
Fiona’s lengthy journey made her a world sensation and introduced the zoo an enormous dose of excellent-will after the dying of beloved silverback Harambe final yr.
As they now fear about Henry, the zoo staff is “eternally grateful for the countless love and help you’ve proven us and our animals, particularly by way of the hardest of occasions.”
You possibly can go to the zoo’s weblog to share some phrases of help.