Fiona the Hippo ‘Always Loved the Hose’ Says Cincinnati Zoo

May 3, 2018 Last Updated: May 3, 2018

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s most famous resident, Fiona the hippo, took time out from her packed schedule at the zoo’s hippo cove to wash under a hose pipe.

A clip shared to the zoo’s Facebook page on May 2 shows Fiona and her mom, Bibi, grazing at the hippo cove before Fiona walks under the hosepipe and towards a zoo worker.

According to the zoo, Fiona has always “loved the hose.”

The clip had earned over 92,000 views at the time of writing.

According to a statement on its public profile, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to “creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community.”

But despite attractive footage publicly shared by zoos and aquariums, they also face criticism owing to a heightened awareness of animal welfare issues.

A study, published on the ScienceDirect website, tried to answer the question as to whether zoos and aquariums can serve a function beyond just entertainment.

The researchers concluded that “zoos and aquariums can make a positive contribution to Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 because zoos and aquariums are increasing the number of people who understand biodiversity. They are also bolstering the ranks of those who are aware of the steps they can take to conserve and use biodiversity sustainably by improving knowledge of actions to help protect biodiversity.”

Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 states, “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”

Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden via Storyful