Philippines’ Manila Zoo has lost its oldest inhabitant – a 65-year old hippopotamus called Bertha – reported on Sunday.
Bertha, believed to be the world’s oldest hippopotamus, has died aged 65, the Manila zoo said, having beaten the typical lifespan for the mostly herbivorous mammals by decades.
The 2.5-tonne female was found dead Friday in her enclosure, with a post mortem examination concluding that Bertha, the zoo’s oldest resident, had died from multiple organ failure, zoo director James Dichaves said.
“Bertha was among the pioneer animals here. Her mate died sometime in the 1980s and the couple failed to produce any offspring,” He said.
Zoo officials believed Bertha was the oldest living hippo in captivity at the time of her death.
Bertha’s death leaves Mali, a 43-year-old Asian elephant, as the oldest remaining animal among the some 500 residents at the Manila Zoo, Dichaves said.