fiona the hippo

Screengrab via Cincinnati Zoo/Instagram

Fiona the Hippo steals the show in couple’s engagement photos

This couple is almost as cute as the baby hippo in their photos.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Oct 24, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 1:24 pm CDT

The hippopotamus is the most dangerous animal in all of Africa (if you don’t count mosquitos), killing more people per year than any other large animal.

That having been said, the babies are goddamn adorable.

pygmy baby hippo
This is a pygmy baby hippo, so it’s kind of cheating. Photo via Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr (CC-BY-ND)

It’s no wonder a couple in Cincinnati wanted to get their engagement photos taken with one of these little guys.

Although in this case the “little guy” was actually a little girl named Fiona. Fiona has already become a social media sensation, and the newly engaged Hayley Roll told the Daily Buzz that she and her boyfriend “are huge #TeamFiona fans and have been following her since she was born.”

As you can see Fiona looked respectfully serious in the pictures, as befits such a solemn occasion

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Screengrab via Haley Roll/Instagram

“We went to the zoo for our One Year Anniversary and Fiona was in the window,” said Roll “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.”

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Screengrab via Haley Roll/Instagram

Roll noted that no one at the zoo knew what was happening and a stranger was kind of enough to snap their photos.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Back in February, a Beluga whale decided to crash a couple’s wedding and totally stole the show.

Whale at wedding
Screengrab via Imgur

No word on whether or not Fiona will be invited to the ceremony.

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Screengrab via Haley Roll/Instagram

H/T the Daily Buzz

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*First Published: Oct 24, 2017, 11:54 am CDT