It is a fact that everybody dreams of having a proposal of movie-like proportions, a moment so captivating and wonderful that can hopefully be sealed with the faithful ”I do”.
The sudden appearance of a baby hippo made Nick Kelbe’s and his fiancee, Hayley Roll’s proposal even more overwhelming and picturesque.
1.The couple was delighted to share the proposal with Fiona
Nick decided to make the proposal on October 8 while visiting The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ohio. Fiona, the baby hippo, poppped in just in time for the big ask.
Fiona swam down to the window and got a front row seat for the romantic gesture. She was there to witness Hayley’s overjoyed reaction.
The future bride decided to make a small memento of the moment with an Instagram post:
”We’re so happy Fiona could be there on our special day.
Here’s to many more years of going to zoos with you.”
2. Sharing a moment of pure love
Hayley, who is currently working as a radiology tech at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital gave a report to the The Daily Buzz:
”We went to the zoo for our one year anniversary and Fiona was in the window.
We are huge Fiona fans and have been following her since she was born.
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.
The proposal couldn’t have been any better!”
3. Being supportive is important
Hayley claims that the engagement came as a total surprise to everyone at the Zoo. Even the person who took their photo did not have a clue!
Although it seems Fiona had an inkling…
Fiona was born prematurely, so she is the tiniest hippo ever to be born in the zoo. Weighing in at just 29 pounds, a far lower number compared to the average weight of a full term hippo which is between 50 and 100 pounds.
She is the first female Nile hippo to be born in 75 years at the Cincinnati zoo.
Fiona’s dad, a hippo named Henry also had health issues. He survived an infection followed by abnormal kidney function which the vets said was incurable, so you could say they’ve both beaten the odds.
Nevertheless, Henry recuperated after taking prescribed antibiotics.
Nile hippo numbers are on the decline over the past 10 years, an alarming fact which deems them vulnerable to extinction.
Nowadays, approximately between 125,000 and 148,000 are roaming free in the wilderness, but it is probable that these numbers are heading downwards.
This is the result of illegal poachers murdering the animals for their highly valuable ivory tusks, and the loss of their habitat.
4. Fiona is honored by Cincinnati Zoo as she receives her stamp of approval.
Christina Gorsuch, the caretaker of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo explains why the young hippo was named Fiona in her report:
”Every baby needs a name and her animal care team thought the name was a perfect fit for their ‘fair’ little girl.
They have been with her 24 hours a day and think this name suits her personality.”
This just makes your eyes water up, doesn’t it?