Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s much-beloved hippo Henry has been struggling with health issues for weeks. An exam last week revealed an infection and abnormal kidney function that vets feared would be untreatable. Today’s exam, however, indicated that antibiotics and treatment seem to be working. The 36-year-old father of the famous Fiona appears to be on the mend!
“We’re thrilled to see improvement, but Henry is not out of the woods. His bloodwork looks good, kidney numbers are in the normal range, but his appetite has to kick back in,” said Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s Curator of Mammals. “The Africa staff will continue to support him and do their best to get him back to his old self. Let’s hope that Fiona got her fight from Henry and that he’ll use his reserves to get better.”
Henry the hippo Family
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“Everyone has been worried about Henry. The support, once again, from our community and beyond, has been incredible,” said Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. “Your positive thoughts and prayers made a difference! Please keep them coming.”
Now we know where Fiona got her fight. An exam last week on Henry revealed an infection and abnormal kidney function that vets feared would be untreatable. Today's exam, however, indicated that antibiotics and treatment seem to be working. The 36-year-old father of the famous Fiona appears to be on the mend. Your positive thoughts and prayers made a difference, please keep them coming.
Melissa Davis Way to go Henry keep being a fighter hang in there big guy! Show this sickness whose boss and we know it’s Henry the fighter!
Susan Ferguson Wonderful news!! I've been so worried about Henry, and so happy he's getting better. Let's keep this enchanting family together!
Janet Jones Good to know that Henry is starting to improve. Get well soon so that you can be back with Bibi & Fiona.
Karen Southwell The antibiotics'treatment and vets were the only thing that made a difference. Glad Henry is on the mend.
Sandra Kimbrell Maybe Buskens should make a Henry cookie for him to snack on. You and your caregivers are in our thoughts
Sandy Mills Oh I'm so glad to hear this wonderful news!! Keep fighting Henry, we love you! I'm keeping the prayers coming!
Sherri DeLozier Carter Sending Henry all the groovy healing energy and vibes from Springfield MO where we all still love Henry very much!
Katie McGuigan We love you so much Henry! I'm glad your blood work is better! Keep on healing my lovely little hippo!
Kathy Vaske Our continued prayers & healing energy coming Henry's way always. They make the perfect hopo family.
Emily Anderson Love the family picture!! Continuing to send positive vibes to Henry and his care team. Thank you!
Jamie Ellis Henry keep getting stronger you have a Daughter to play games with she needs her daddy play time
Martha Dalton Oliver Way to go old man!! We old ones have a lot of fight still in us!!! Keep on keeping on Henry old Boy
Cookie Mattimore So grateful to hear this and to know he has such a great team on in his side!
Way to go Henry!!! You keep getting better
Anna Rogers Yeah, Henry! Keep it up! I’m glad he’s responding well so far. Sending love from denver!
Terry Tyler Come on, Henry! You need to stay around for your family. Keep fighting!
Doris Stoddart Fulton What a great family portrait! So happy for Henry, Bibi and Fiona. Thank you care team. Mwah
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