You can catch a glimpse of Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo... if you're lucky

Posted at 1:07 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 13:16:25-04

CINCINNATI -- You can see Fiona! Well, if you're lucky, that is. 

The Cincinnati Zoo's famous baby hippo has been making short chaperoned visits to the zoo's outside pool during public hours, officials said Monday.

Fiona still has no set schedule, so consider yourself very lucky if you catch a glimpse of her during an upcoming visit. 

Fiona, who was born prematurely and has become hugely popular thanks to photos and videos the Cincinnati Zoo has posted online, recently began exploring her outdoor habitat after hours.

PHOTOS: See Fiona exploring the main hippo exhibit 

She is always joined in the 9-foot pool by swimmers who are there to play the role of family members who would help her learn to negotiate the water, as she must propel herself up from the bottom to breathe.

Adult hippos like Bibi and Henry, Fiona's parents, can hold their breath underwater for up to six minutes. Fiona can hold hers for about two-and-a-half minutes, according to zookeeper Christina Gorsuch, which means she's right on schedule.

Gorsuch added that Fiona is a natural-born star with a big personality.

"She is a diva through and through," she said. "She is a bit sassy."