CINCINNATI -- A big, happy hippo family reunion is further off than zookeepers had hoped: Henry, father to beloved baby Fiona, is still a little unsure of his daughter and doesn't seem to want her around.
The hippo's care team has used the same techniques to introduce the pair as they used with Fiona and mom Bibi.
It just doesn't seem to be going as smoothly, Cincinnati Zoo hippo handler Wendy Rice wrote in a blog post Monday.
When Fiona and Henry are in the same space, Henry sometimes opens his mouth wide and swings toward her -- as if to say, "I don't really want you near me." Fiona keeps her distance.
But Henry's behavior isn't aggressive, Rice wrote: He's 10 times Fiona's size and could easily hurt her if he wanted. Instead, Rice thinks Henry's just unsure what their relationship should be.