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Fiona gets a bigger bedroom to match her growing size

The new room is close to her parents
Posted at 2:50 PM, Mar 14, 2017

CINCINNATI -- She’s got one of the most recognizable mugs in the Tri-State and now she’s finally able see it for herself.

Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s baby hippo, got a bedroom upgrade this week -- and its equipped with a mirror. In a video released on the zoo's Facebook page, Fiona can be seen taking a look at her reflection and going in for a kiss. 

The new hippo digs are closer to her parents, Bibi and Henry. Right now, she’s taking short visits to the bigger space and from the looks of it, she’s closely inspecting her new room.

GALLERY: See Fiona's progress 

As soon as her vets and care team think Fiona is ready, she’ll spend more time in the space. It includes a heated soaking tub, which means she’ll be able to choose whether she wants to nap in or out of water.

Fiona was born six weeks early on Jan. 24 and only weighed 29 pounds, about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for this species.

Since then, she’s had some setbacks, but continues to grow and was reportedly taken off oxygen treatments on Monday. She's now over 80 pounds.