The world’s favorite hippo has made her Super Bowl pick. Or at least she attempted to Thursday afternoon at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Fiona the Nile hippopotamus, now 3 years old, attempted to pick between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.
The portly princess was placed in front of two enrichment items, each emblazoned with the logo of a Super Bowl team. The 1,200-pound toddler was expected to press her snout to one of the items, indicating her favorite to win — a feat that was sure to influence oddsmakers across the globe.
But fate had other plans, as Fiona had just eaten lunch. The hippo heartthrob instead vomited freshly chewed veggies atop the Kansas City logo.
We’re sure there’s some hidden meaning there, but the hippo refused to clarify.
Fiona’s accuracy rate has so far been 50 percent. She accurately projected the underdog Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots in 2018, but bet against the Pats, instead going with the Los Angeles Rams, in 2019.
Cincinnati’s beloved Fiona celebrated her third birthday on Jan. 24.
She now weighs well over a half ton. It’s a big deal for her, considering she weighed a fifth of what a normal baby hippo should weigh when she was born Jan. 24, 2017. Fiona weighed 29 pounds when she was born, which is about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for this species. The normal range is 55 to 120 pounds.
Through her amazing survival, Fiona become an ambassador for her species and a great example of why zoos exist. She survived because of her animal care team’s tireless efforts to save her and has inspired many to care about her species and wildlife, which is Cincinnati Zoo’s mission.