DENVER (CBS4) – The staff at the Denver Zoo euthanized “Bertie,” a 58-year-old hippopotamus Monday morning.
Bertie, affectionately known as Bert, was the longest resident at the zoo.
Bert was also the oldest hippo in an accredited zoo in North America. Hippos live 30 to 40 years in the wild and up to about 50 years in the zoo.
“This is a very sad loss for Denver Zoo and our community. Bert was a member of our family for more than 50 years,” said Denver Zoo’s President/CEO Shannon Block in a news release. “He will be missed by all of us, including the many families and children who visited him and came to know his charismatic personality over the years.”
Bert lived at the zoo starting at age 2. (credit: CBS)
The decision to euthanize Bert came after significant decline in his quality of life. His caretakers had noticed he…
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