While at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, an adorable hippo named Fiona stole the limelight during a couple’s engagement photo.
Nick Kelble and his girlfriend Hayley Roll regularly visit Fiona and were delighted their favorite animal witnessed the proposal.
The bride-to-be was ecstatic and wrote in a message on Instagram: “We are so happy Fiona could be there on our special day. Here’s to many more years of going to zoos with you.”
She added: “We went to the zoo for our one-year anniversary and Fiona was in the window.”
“Nick, my boyfriend, and I were waiting in line to get our photo taken with Fiona and I gave my cell phone to someone to take the photo and when I turned back around, Nick was on one knee proposing.”
Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the zoo in 75 years. She had to fight to survive after her mother gave birth six weeks early.
“Full-term hippos usually weigh between 50-110lbs,” the zoo says. “Fiona only weighed 29lbs when she was born 6 weeks premature. She is the smallest hippo to ever survive.”
“As Fiona continues to grow, the many facets of her complex personality are really starting to show!” they said earlier this year.
“It’s fascinating to watch how the different elements of her personality seem to reflect the natural history of the hippopotamus.”
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