Henry the Hippo Health Update Today From Cincinnati Zoo

Henry the Hippo Health Update

Henry is outside with Fiona and Bibi today. Blood tests indicated that his body is fighting an infection. Administering medication to a 3500-pound hippo with no appetite and incredibly thick skin presents a real challenge, and regular sedation is not an option. 

Henry the Hippo and Fiona 


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The hippo care team is working hard to support and treat his condition with antibiotics and TLC. Vets will do a follow up exam in a few weeks to determine if treatment has been effective. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Meet Betsy and BamBam

This will be your last weekend to see Betsy and BamBam at the Cincinnati Zoo as they will be heading back to Florida next week.

BamBam came to Cincinnati Zoo two years ago suffering from cold stress. Thanks to our manatee care team, the 4-yr-old male is now at a healthy weight and almost ready to be released back into his native habitat! Twenty-six-year-old Betsy (2,415 lbs.), a favorite among guests and a resident since 2010, will be returning to her birthplace to make room for other manatees in need of rehabilitation.

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of two U.S. Zoos outside of Florida that participate in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Program. The goal of this program is to rescue and treat sick or injured manatees and then release them back into the wild.

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