Bertha, the world’s oldest hippo. Picture courtesy of PETA Manila.

Bertha, the world’s oldest hippopotamus, has died at Manila Zoo aged 65.

Following an inquest since her death on Friday, zoo director James Dichaves mentioned the two.5-tonne feminine died on account of a number of organ failure.

“Bertha was among the pioneer animals here,” he mentioned. “Her mate died sometime in the 1980s and the couple failed to produce any offspring.”

A sprightly seven-year-old Bertha arrived at the zoo in 1959, the 12 months it opened. Records of the place she got here from and the way she handed her infancy have since been misplaced.

Fed a weight loss program of grass, fruit and bread in a quarter-acre pen, Bertha lived far past the 50 years that captive hippos normally obtain. In the wild, they hardly ever dwell past 40.

Previously, the oldest hippo on this planet was mentioned to be Donna, who died in 2012 at the age of 62 at the US Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden in Evansville, Indiana.

Two years in the past, an grownup male hippo named Bertie was euthanised at the Denver Zoo in Colorado at the age of 58.

Sentimental netizens have taken to social media to mourn the passing of the venerable woman.

“It’s a sad day. Bertha the world’s oldest hippo has passed away,” Twitter person Eric M Davis posted with a crying emoji.

“You’re one of my favourites to see in the zoo ever since. Sleep peacefully,” Jen Tolibas tweeted.

The frequent hippopotamus faces a “high risk of extinction in the wild” from habitat loss and unlawful searching, says the Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Predictably, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised the zoo’s “cruelty” for having “imprisoned” the hippo.

“Bertha’s life at the Manila Zoo was one full of boredom, misery and deprivation. It’s a tragedy that she only realised freedom through death,” PETA’s Jason Baker mentioned in a press release.

“This cruelty will end only when animals are no longer held as living ‘exhibits’.”

Bertha’s death leaves Mali, a 43-year-old feminine Asian elephant, because the oldest animal at the zoo, Mr Dichaves mentioned.

PETA has run a seven-year marketing campaign for her to be retired from the zoo and despatched to a Thai sanctuary.

Source: philippineslifestyle

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