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Auckland Zoo’s last hippo dies

August 18, 2016

Auckland Zoo’s last remaining hippo, Faith, has died.

The 41-year-old hippopotamus had been unwell for a few days and was put to sleep on Tuesday.

Faith had been showing signs of signs of a respiratory disease – bleeding in the lung.

A short statement from the zoo said the disease is a terminal condition and euthanasia was the only option.

Faith’s son, Fudge, died in March at the age of 28.

Both hippos were born at the zoo – Faith in 1975 and Fudge in 1988. The average life-span of a hippo is 40-50 years.

 

The hippo enclosure would remain closed on Wednesday.

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1

How sad... I have visited Auckland zoo many times... The 2nd last time there were 2 hippos... My latest visit there was only 1... Now there is none... All gone... Farewell hippos...

2

That is sad

3

So sad Hippos are amazing and cute bye hippos we will miss you

4

I hope they get a new hippo

5

I hope Auckland gets a new hippo.

6

That is soooo sad fair well hippos

7

That's very sad. Hope she rests peacefully in heaven. I have been to the Auckland Zoo when I was little I must have seen her. The good thing is she had a happy life. 🙁
Gargi

8

So sad can't you get another one

10

I LOVE HIPPOS I WISH THAT NEVER HAPPENED
IT IS VERY SAD

11

That is so sad, I love hippos

12

I feel very sad about what has happend.😰

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