Fiona the hippo's father Henry as his health slowly deteriorated and he lost hundreds of pounds. "Nothing - antibiotics, favorite foods, extra TLC - seemed to turn his condition around", Gorsuch said.
"When we lose animals. we do keep any tissue samples, or other things that we need to do to have for both making sure we have everything to learn from him and his passing, as well as sometimes just for scientific reasons", he said. Zoo officials previously said his kidneys had appeared to be shutting down. According to vet staff who had been carefully monitoring him, he took an obvious downward turn in the past few days and was weak and unsteady.
"Our community, this town, in fact, the world has had an outpouring of affection for our hippo program", said zoo director Thane Maynard.
Henry had mated with Bibi, the zoo's 18-year-old female hippo, and followed her everywhere.
The zoo confirmed the hippo's death in a tweet: "We're very sad to announce that our beloved Henry has died", the tweet said.
The family of hippos became famous beyond Cincinnati when Fiona was born premature and zoo staff gave her round-the-clock care to help her grow big and healthy enough to join her parents. While our time with him has been short in quantity, no one can deny that his quality of life before becoming ill was exceptional.
"All we know is his quality of life was suffering and his appetite went down. right now, we don't even know what was wrong with Henry. His bloodline has made a remarkable contribution to the future of the hippopotamus population", said Crocker.
"Henry was happy to have Bibi as his companion and, sooner than expected, to be in a bloat of three", Gorsuch said in the release.