CINCINNATI -- Those marketing geniuses at Busken Bakery are at it again.
If you've already fallen in love with baby hippo Fiona, now you can stuff your belly with her adorable little face.
The company known for its timely, topical baked goods has #TeamFiona cookies on sale now. Better yet, Busken is donating $1 from each to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in support of Fiona's care.
Hippo mom Bibi gave birth to Fiona six weeks early, on Jan. 24. The calf has needed round-the-clock care ever since. The zoo even called in a specialist from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to help insert an IV into her tiny little vein when she became dehydrated late last week.
With relatively little information and few resources available on caring for preemie hippos, the zoo has faced many challenges in helping Fiona live and grow, Wendy Rice, the head keeper for the zoo's Africa department, wrote in a blog post Monday.
Working in a room kept at 90 degrees, Fiona's caregivers must rub lotion on her skin every hour to keep her skin moist, as hippos typically spend 16 hours per day in the water.
Providing Fiona with the nutrients she needs has also been a challenge, according to Rice's post. She was born too weak to nurse, and was initially fed via a feeding tube. Bibi was not producing enough milk, so the zoo had to work with the National Zoo to come up with a formula for synthetic hippo milk, which staffers continue to tweak in order to make it acceptable for little Fiona's delicate digestive system.