Milwaukee County Zoo hippo dies
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County Zoo has said that one of its hippos, a female named Puddles, died on Sunday, Aug. 11, after a brief illness. She was 37-years-old.
"For the past two weeks, Puddles was having difficulty moving her rear legs, and animal care staff was administering a variety of medications in the hope of improving her condition," the zoo said. "In her indoor pool, she continued to move well, was alert and responding to keepers. On Saturday, as her condition worsened, zoo personnel re-evaluated her needs. At the time, her prognosis was believed to be quite poor."
A final cause of death could take months to find the hippo's cause of death. Puddles is survived by her mother, Patti, who is 43 years old.
"Zookeepers will closely monitor Patti to make sure she’s adjusting to the loss, and will continue to pay attention to her needs," the zoo said.
According to the zoo, Puddles was born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 1976. Besides Patti, the zoo also houses a male hippo, Happy, who arrived in 2009 from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.