- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - Hippos can be seen at the Cincinnati Zoo for the first time in 20 years with the opening of a new $7.5 million exhibit.

The opening of Hippo Cove on Thursday featured the debut of 24-year-old Henry and 17-year-old Bibi. The exhibit consists of a 70,000-gallon pool with a waterfall and a 60-foot glass viewing area allowing visitors up-close views of the two hippos.

The messy nature of hippos was a challenge. Henry and Bibi each weigh more than 3,000 pounds and produce about 50 pounds of waste daily. But zoo officials constructed a 3,600-square-foot building with a water filtration system that captures about 90 percent of the waste by weight.

Henry came from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri. Bibi was most recently at the St. Louis Zoo.

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