Henry the Hippo

Henry the Hippo and Fiona

Henry the Hippo and Fiona

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Henry the Hippo, who lived at Dickerson Park Zoo for 30 years, has died. Henry left the Springfield, Missouri zoo to go Hippo Cove at the Cincinnati Zoo to try and create an offspring.  Efforts were successful – his new female partner became pregnant and gave birth to the now famous Fiona the Hippo.

A couple of months ago, Henry became sick.  He was losing weight at an alarming rate and was slowly getting weaker and weaker. After numerous tests, his care team determined that his white blood cells wear fighting a serious infection and that his kidneys were shutting down.  Doctors checked Henry’s blood the next week and saw that the illness was continuing to get worse, so they decided to humanely euthanize him. Henry the Hippo will stay in our memory forever.

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6 Responses to “Henry the Hippo”

  1. Colin Cain on December 14th, 2017 8:17 am

    What was the illness and when did he die? Was he a friendly hippo?

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  2. Danna Padron on December 14th, 2017 8:19 am

    That Is a sad artical but you worded it well good job Audra!

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  3. Reagan on December 14th, 2017 8:19 am

    This is a very good article with lots of important information.

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  4. Gina Wittu on December 14th, 2017 9:15 am

    The Hippo following the baby is that the mom. How old is Fiona now and could there have been anything that they could do to help Henry the hippo.

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  5. Colin on December 14th, 2017 1:24 pm

    How did Henry die??

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  6. Kyle Buckmaster on December 14th, 2017 2:14 pm

    That is so sad. I hope that the baby lives a long and happy life.

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