R.I.P Gertie

gertiehippo R.I.P Gertie

photo by Mat Hayward courtesy Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo’s longest resident, Gertie the hippo was put to sleep Wednesday. The 47 year old hippo was suffering from age-related osteoarthritis and despite medication, had a difficult time getting around, according to a statement from the zoo.

Gertrude weighed about 5,000 pounds and had lived at the zoo since 1966. You can still see the other female hippos in its African Savannna: 31-year-old Water Lily and 10-year-old Guadalupe. The life expectancy for a hippo is 49 years; in the wild hippos can be expected to live about 45 years.

RIP Gertie, may you find happiness in Hippo Heaven.

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