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A Hippo Named Fiona Just Got The Sweetest Birthday Present From Her Boyfriend Timothy

Jan 25, 2020, 11:44 AM | Updated: 12:18 pm
The Cincinnati Zoo's most famous hippo, Fiona, just received the "sweetest" present from her boyfri...
The Cincinnati Zoo's most famous hippo, Fiona, just received the "sweetest" present from her boyfriend Timothy, who lives at the San Antonio Zoo, for her third birthday. (Cincinnati Zoo)
(Cincinnati Zoo)

(CNN) — Hip hip hooray! Fiona, Cincinnati Zoo’s most famous hippo, just turned three.

And her boyfriend Timothy, who lives at the San Antonio Zoo, just “sent” her the sweetest birthday gift.

Fiona awoke on Friday to find a mouth-watering Edible Arrangement comprised of delicious fruits.

Thanks for the edible arrangement Timothy! Check out our Facebook story for lots more Fiona footage and some of our favorite throwbacks.

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Saturday, January 25, 2020

With (additional) help of the staff in San Antonio, Timothy even posted a loving message on Facebook.

“As you turn 3, I want to say that with each passing year you become more and more beautiful, charming and sweet,” Timothy said.

“I mean, heck the moment I first laid eyes on you, I already thought you were the most beautiful hippo I had ever seen and yet somehow, some way, you just keep knocking me off my feet…and that ain’t easy…I have four and a low center of gravity!”

As if that wasn’t sweet enough, Timothy arranged for country music star Aaron Watson to serenade his love with a birthday song.

In a video posted on Facebook, Watson said: “He loves you so much. He’s sending all his love all the way from San Antonio up to Cincinnati. He wishes he was with you now.”

Dear Fiona,IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY! I bet you know that because like THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS!Anyhoo, my good buddy, country music star and “official Timothy wingman” Aaron Watson is helping me out with a special message for you on this special day. As you turn 3 I want to say that with each passing year you become more and more beautiful, charming and sweet! I mean, heck the moment I first laid eyes on you I already thought you were the most beautiful hippo I had ever seen and yet SOMEHOW, SOME WAY you just keep knocking me off my feet…and that ain’t easy…I HAVE FOUR and a low center of gravity!I hope you enjoy this message and the special gifts I’m sending you at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden today! I also had some of the zoo humans deliver all the “A Very Fiona Christmas” that people graciously sent me, to the children at Haven for Hope today as a special gift from me, you, and our fans on your special day!Sincerely,-TimothyP.S. Grandma says happy birthday “young lady!”

Posted by San Antonio Zoo on Friday, January 24, 2020

(Who said long-distance relationships can’t work?)

Fiona was born at the Cincinnati Zoo six weeks premature, weighing only 29 pounds. She is the smallest hippo to survive, according to the zoo. Since then, Fiona has captured the attention and love of people all over the world.

Now a mighty animal weighing 1,300 pounds, the big sweetheart marks another year of spreading joy to everyone who gets to meet her.

In celebration of Fiona’s birthday, the zoo gave her a bubble bath and a healthy birthday cake made of fruits and veggies. Fiona and her hippo pals shared the cake.

Businesses all over Cincinnati also celebrated Fiona’s birthday, selling Fiona-themed beer, ice cream bowls, t-shirts, coffee, and more.

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A Hippo Named Fiona Just Got The Sweetest Birthday Present From Her Boyfriend Timothy