WATCH: Baby Hippo, Born Prematurely, Takes Her First Steps : The Two-WayThe Cincinnati Zoo asked the public to send "positive vibes" to Fiona, who was born six weeks early and has required around-the-clock intensive care.
The baby hippo has spent time in a pool, first with noodles to support her weight and then standing on her own. She was tube-fed, with a combination of her mother's milk and formula, as zoo staff worked to teach her how to nurse on her own. She struggled with a poor suckling response.
"She still has a long way to go before she'll be strong enough to be reunited with her mom," curator of mammals Christa Gorsuch said in the update on Tuesday. "She needs to learn how to nurse on her own, walk, swim and get a lot bigger."
The little hippo's fight to survive caught the eye of another team of caregivers. On Thursday, the zoo announced it had received "a package from the preemie team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital that included signed superhero capes, a pre-filled baby book, a stuffed hippo, a beautiful note and much more."