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Saturday Night Social: Fiona the Hippo Is 500 Pounds!

Celebrity hippo Fiona the Hippo–the preemie hippo who beat all the odds in an inspirational story of love, struggle, hope, and joy (promo text for her Facebook show)–has hit yet another milestone: she is 500 pounds! And she gained it all from hippo milk and pre-chewed hay! You go girl! (500 lbs may seem like a lot, but according to the San Diego Zoo, adult females average around 3,000).


Her social media team has put out a dramatic portrait to mark the occasion. She’s reflecting, I think, on how far she’s come


In other news, her father Henry has been under the weather, so they have been lately reunited after a brief separation. They’re dancing and rearing their heads and smiling and blowing bubbles and letting the fish feed on their heads because swimming is fun, and hippos are buoyant.

Furthermore, she has made it clear to her handlers that she does not like bubbles, but just when you fear that social media is turning her into a diva, she farts bubbles of joy. :)

Staff reporter, Gizmodo. wkimball @ gizmodo

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The Real Janelle

This girl is coming home!!!! The insurance company approved home care for her, we’ve already met with a representative from the company that will supply her care, and it should be two more weeks until we’re out of the hospital. All the staff needs to go meet her first and learn her current schedule and preferences, and we can ask to change someone if we think they’re not a good fit.

I will have a nursing assistant 24 hours a day, and apparently I can move Catalina through the house so we should be able to do more stuff than just snuggling. She has a very flat head right now so I have to make sure she spends more time in her belly or sitting upright (the former she doesn’t like much, he later she loves).

She’s still very much a sweet baby and smiling more and more - it’s still brief but she’s getting it. We got this picture mid-yawn on Monday. She’s wearing a traditional Chilean dress in occasion of our country’s independence. :)