CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo is using the third birthday of its favored hippo, born untimely, as one scheme to raise money for Australian flowers and fauna tormented by the new bushfires.
As a substitute of sending birthday items for Fiona, the Ohio zoo is asking folks to desire T-shirts that can straight profit the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. The shirt aspects a koala and kangaroo giving Fiona a hug and says “Supporting Our Chums Down Below.”
All proceeds from sales of the shirts will be despatched to Zoos Victoria to assist them esteem sufferinganimals. The zoo will add $5,000 to the total amount raised.
Fiona changed into a world celeb after she changed into once born on Jan. 24, 2017, weighing in at trusty 29 pounds (13 kilograms). The customary range for a hippo’s initiating weight is 55 to 120 pounds (25 to 55 kilograms). Fiona now weighs a wholesome 1,300 pounds (590 kilograms), per the zoo.
“Fiona received the hearts of Cincinnatians when she fought to continue to exist after being born six weeks early and terribly underweight,” Cincinnati Zoo director Thayne Maynard said. “Three years later, folks in every single keep the sector are aloof crazy about this customary, wholesome hippo.”