CHICAGO (CBS)– Adelle, a beloved pygmy hippo, has died, the Brookfield Zoo announced Tuesday.
The zoo confirmed she was “humanely euthanized due to complications associated with her advanced age.”READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
Adelle was well known for her appearances in the “Bring the Zoo to You” Facebook Lives during the pandemic.
We are sad to announce that Adelle, our pygmy hippo, was humanely euthanized due to complications associated with her advanced age.
Recently it became evident to veterinary and animal care staff that Adelle's health and comfort had declinedREAD MORE: Man Shot In Attempted Robbery In The West Loop Neighborhood
substantially despite treatments, pic.twitter.com/S6z5Q6HhR1
— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) June 22, 2021
The hippo was born at Brookfield Zoo in 1976 and died at age 44. According to zoo officials, the median life expectancy for her species is 26 years old, making her one of the oldest Pygmy hippos in an accredited North American Zoo.MORE NEWS: Woman Dead After Dragging Officer With Car Before Crashing Into Business In Dolton; Shots Fired By Police
Zoo officials said Adelle’s comfort and health had declined, despite treatments.