Winnie the hippo celebrates 1st birthday

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Zoo's baby hippo is one year old!

The zoo is throwing Winnie a three-day birthday extravaganza complete with cake and fun activities.

The party started Friday morning with a specially made hippo cake--which includes frozen lettuce, cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew melon.

Initially, Winnie was not sure about the cake. She stayed clear of it and made mom take the first bite.

"I think it's because of how big it is. It's something new and different in her enclosure which is something which she's not quite used to," Memphis Zoo Communications Manager Laura Falls said.

The good news: Winnie will have two more chances to chow down on hippo birthday cake. Memphis Zoo plans to have the following birthday events every day this weekend:

  • 10 a.m. – Cake Drop
  • 10:30 a.m. – Special Hippo Chat
  • Noon – Hippo enrichment (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • 1:30 – Special Hippo Chat
  • 2:30 – Hippo enrichment (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
  • Flat Winnie station
  • Selfie Station with Winnie (then and now)
  • Pin the Hat on Winnie game
  • Winnie’s weight competition
  • Special Winnie videos playing in Rondavel

Admission to Winnie's birthday celebration is included with your regular zoo admission ticket.

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