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This Creature Was Just Born At A Zoo, And People Are Going Crazy For It

The World Health Organization estimates that 15 million babies are born prematurely each year; that’s more than one in 10. More than one million babies die each year due to premature complications, and babies that survive can suffer from lifelong disabilities such as hearing and visual impairments.

When a baby animal is born prematurely, however, it has a much less chance of surviving. There are no doctors to nurse them back to health. The animal kingdom is an unforgiving environment, and babies that can’t keep up with the rest of their litter are often left to die.

That’s why zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo were nervous when Fiona, a baby hippo, was born on January 24—a whopping six weeks premature. Yet, only a week…

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