By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rosie, a 7-year-old hippo born at the Los Angeles Zoo, is moving to Florida for love – and the perpetuation of her species.

Wednesday is moving day for Rosie, who was born at the Los Angeles Zoo on Halloween in 2014 – the first hippo to be born at the zoo in 26 years. Rosie is making the cross-country move to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom for a potential breeding match, on the recommendation of the African Hippo Species Survival Plan.

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According to the zoo, female hippos reach sexual maturity and leave their mothers at 7 years of age. The zoo announced her departure on social media, with a nostalgia-inducing video of her playing and resting with her mother, Mara.

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Since Rosie was born, zoo officials say she has become a visitor favorite, with her fans following along with her milestones. The zoo invited her fans chime in on Instagram with their memories of watching Rosie grow up.

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In 2018, she was unfortunately the target of an apparent prankster who was caught on video, sneaking over the fence of the hippo enclosure and slapping her on the rear.