During a trip to Belize in March, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard overheard a fellow tourist commenting about Fiona.
People have traveled from Cape Coral, Florida, Orange, California and Elkmont, Alabama, to see Fiona. Lacy and Charles Looney of Chattanooga, Tennessee, even spent their honeymoon in Cincinnati, hoping for a chance to see her.
Some prematurely born kids and their families found Fiona’s story so relatable they’ve shared their own stories, pictures and words of encouragement.
Some people have a soft spot for cats or dogs. Others are wild about horses. Heather Moore, who lives in Canada, loves hippos. She’s been collecting hippo memorabilia for years, but she was so inspired by Fiona that she got a tattoo of the baby hippo.
WCPO sold copies of the children's book "My Best Friend Fiona" written by Lucy Ma and illustrated by Kevin Necessary to hippo lovers in 49 of 50 states and the District of Columbia. Vermont apparently doesn't love Fiona that much. WCPO also sold nearly 30 international orders to 13 countries on five different continents.