CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is getting into the Christmas spirit, revealing a nutcracker statue of a hippo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its PNC Festival of Lights celebration.
Not just any hippo -- the subject is the zoo’s most famous resident, Fiona, WHIO-TV reported.
The 40th annual Festival of Lights begins Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 8, 2023, the zoo announced on its website.
“This nutcracker is truly unique,” Chad Yelton, the zoo’s vice president of marketing and visitor experience, said in a statement.
“There are other items of significance on the structure, which is made of steel and fiberglass, but we’ll let people have fun finding those on their own,” Yelton said.
According to WLWT-TV, those include six slices of watermelon on her belt, since Fiona was born six weeks early and loves watermelon; a camera on her belt buckle, since she has grown up in front of cameras; an Aquarius symbol on her buttons, representing her birth month; and garnet, her birthstone, featured on her crown.
The nutcracker, which graces the entrance to the zoo, has featured a rhinoceros and a lion over the past two years, according to WXIX.
©2022 Cox Media Group