Gayla Peevey is the OG hippo appreciator.
At just 10 years old she came on to the scene with “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas,” the song became a hit in 1953 and is still a nostalgic delight for animal- and holiday-lovers alike.
Back when the song came out, the zoo in Peevey’s home town of Oklahoma City used the success of the carol to help raise money for its very first hippo. Peevey was there to welcome the Nile hippopotamus Mathilda to the zoo, making her own Christmas wish come true, according to KFOR.
Since then, Peevey has joined the Oklahoma City Zoo in an annual December sing-along of her Christmas hit.
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This holiday season, for the second time, Peevey’s hippo wish was answered. The OKC Zoo welcomed 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus Francesca to its facility from the San Diego Zoo this December.
Francesca made her public debut on the same day as Peevey’s sing-along.
Proof that no matter what your Christmas wish is, never give up.