A new member joins Fiona, the hippopotamus family.
Tucker, the hippopotamus, arrived at the zoo’s Hippo Cove Monday night with caregivers after a trip from San Francisco.
The 18-year-old, 4,500-pound hippopotamus was named Tucker at birth, but was known as Bruce in the San Francisco Zoo, a tribute to the manager of the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy.
“We’re going to call him Tucker because his nickname wouldn’t have the same meaning in San Francisco, Cincinnati as it would in the hometown of the Giants,” said Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo. “We also have our own baseball association here. Tucker will join the Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart at the top of the list of the most popular Cincinnati Tuckers. “
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Tucker becomes the new partner of Fiona’s mother Bibi. According to the zoo, the new couple will take things slowly and spend their time by the pool, sharing and sharing beets, pumpkin, melons and hay.
“If a baby is in their future, it will be a long time before that happens,” said Christina Gorsuch, director of animal care for the Cincinnati Zoo’s habitat, before they share the same space. Then they explore the living space outdoors together. It can take a few weeks for visitors to catch a glimpse of the new one. “
As soon as the couple can show that they are comfortable, four-year-old Fiona will join them.
Fiona’s care team will do everything possible to maximize her time outdoors during the introductory phase and the zoo will post information on its website on the days when she is not visible.
The date for Tucker’s public debut has not yet been set. More information is available at www.cincinnatizoo.org.