Fiona the Hippo and Timothy the Hippo Update

Fiona the Hippo and Timothy

A pair of young, star-crossed hippos started a long-distance relationship last week. The love story began when staff at the San Antonio Zoo took to social media on behalf of their nearly 3-year-old hippo Timothy to reach out to Fiona, one of the most famous hippos in the world.

fiona the hippo and timothy

The message, which appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, was quite flattering: “I think you are the most beautiful hippopotamus I have ever seen. Perhaps we can meet someday and be boyfriend and girlfriend?” A bold question coming from Timothy, who has not yet reached mating age and, at almost 3 years old, is nearly twice Fiona’s age.

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Timothy the Hippo Letter to Fiona

Hi Fiona,

First, no offense to this Pink person, but how in the hippo are you not on the cover of People Magazine's beauty issue? You are the most beautiful hippo I've ever seen.

Anyhoo, thank you so much for the kiss painting you sent me. I maaaaaaayyyyyyy have been kissing it a lot to practice and now I think I'm a pretty good kisser so I'm sending you a painting of my kiss too! I am also going to send your keepers some Texas treats with the painting. I like your keepers and Team Fiona because they love you!

Have I told you how beautiful the sunsets are here? Maybe some day we can wallow and watch some together…tails crossed since I don't have fingers 

I hear from my keepers that the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has a program that decides where we live sometimes to make sure our species continue to do great in "caretivity." I think our zoo CEO made up that caretivity word. He is a little, you know….cray cray, but in a totally good way.

Well, I can't wait to hear from you soon. Tell me more about Cincinnati!


These two have so much fun together!

Fiona enjoying a watermelon treat! Looks like it should get warm enough for the hippos to come outside today!

Fiona the hippo watermelon treat Fiona the hippo 

Do not miss out on Motherday`s Fiona Gitfs for your mom and friends :

Get yours: Here

Playtime with Fiona and Bibi!

Fiona the hippo and mom

Fiona the hippo and bibi

Fiona the hippo and her mom

Viewers reacted to Fiona the Hippo and Timothy

Mary Jane Mauch Hello Timothy! I am sure your "kissing technique" is perfect. Your letter writing skills would make any young hippo's day……especially Fiona! I agree with the People magazine cover. Last winter we had a campaign to have Fiona on the cover of Time magazine as the most famous person of the year. Well, they didn't choose Fiona but maybe with some coaxing we can get them, or another magazine, to have you and Fiona as "couple" of the year! Wouldn't that be great?
Have a great weekend Timothy! love Fiona the Hippo and Timothy

Liz Sapp Could you please show us more clips of Fiona. We are like Grandparents who don't get to see their Grand Baby Hippo. We love her and miss her very much. Thanks.

Kirstin Holmes My kids and I were so excited to see you this week! Told their dad all about your love letters to Fiona! Maybe he can learn a thing or two from you, little hippo! Lol

Nicki Morin I’ve looked all over Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden page and Fiona’s page for her show but can never find Fiona’s letters to Timothy. Anyone know where I can see them??

Patrick Doran It's hard to believe Fiona is over 700lbs, because she looks so small against Bibi. Still adorable, and I love her playfulness! love Fiona the Hippo and Timothy and Fiona`s Gifts for my mom

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