The University of Findlay “Fridays at Findlay” event on Oct. 12 will feature caregiving experts who kept Fiona the hippopotamus alive after she was born six weeks prematurely.

Their talk, titled “Giving Birth to Fiona, the Baby Hippo: A Story of Collaboration and Inspiration,” will take place in the Alumni Memorial Union at 7:30 a.m. UF President Katherine Fell will moderate the panel.

Assisting Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden staff with Fiona’s high-risk birth on Jan. 24, 2017, and follow-up care were Cincinnati Children’s Hospital vascular specialists, who offered their expertise and their hospital equipment, normally used to treat human patients, to ensure Fiona kept breathing and developing.

The Fridays at Findlay panel will feature: Tami Ware of the Cincinnati Zoo; Blake Gustafson of the Cincinnati Children’s Vascular Access Team; and Richard Cowdrey, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator of the “Marley” book series. Cowdrey released a book, “Fiona the Hippo,” in August. He will be autographing and selling copies of his book after the presentation.

Sponsored by First Federal Bank, the Fridays at Findlay breakfast lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for members of the community, campus and alumni regarding best leadership practices.

Admission, which includes a hot breakfast, is $10 per person and $5 for students.

To register and for more information, contact Cindy Lahey at, call 419-434-5334, or visit