Fiona, Photo-Ready Queen
If you're a sentient being with access to the internet, 2017 was probably the year you fell in love with a buoyant and beautiful hippo named Fiona. Thanks to her adorable Instagram snaps and Rubenesque silhouette, the Cincinnati Zoo resident catapulted to (well-deserved) stardom after being born six weeks premature.
On Jan. 24, we arrived at a very special milestone for all members of #TeamFiona: her very first birthday. This internet-famous hippo has made it a long way from an underweight, fragile baby to the thriving, 655-pound diva we all know and love today — and that's a damn good reason to celebrate. Honor this special day in history by watching Fiona chomp her way through her birthday "cake" below, and then make your way through her most adorable moments from her first year on Earth ahead. Happy birthday, Queen Fiona! Thanks for adding smiles to an otherwise terrible year.