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World's oldest hippo dies aged 62

By T.K. Randall
August 4, 2012 · Comment icon 15 comments



Image Credit: CC 3.0 BS Thurner Hof
Donna the Nile hippopotamus lived at Mesker Park Zoo in Indiana for over five decades.
Normally hippos live for only 40 years in the wild and up to 50 years in captivity, Donna was unique because she had lived for more than 10 years over her life expectancy and was the oldest living hippo in the world. A popular attraction at the zoo, Donna had given birth to 8 offspring throughout her life and will be greatly missed by staff and visitors alike.

"It is with great sadness for us to announce that Donna, the world’s oldest living Nile hippopotamus in captivity, was humanly euthanized this morning due to her declining quality of life caused by her debilitating severe arthritis," the zoo director said in a statement.
Donna, the world’s oldest Nile hippo in captivity, who gave birth to 8 babies and lived through 15 presidential elections, died this week at 61.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (15)


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Comment icon #6 Posted by OnlineCriticChick 10 years ago
RIP Donna t least she suffers no more..
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mistydawn 10 years ago
I didn't know hippos could live 40-50 years. Sounds like she had an ok life except for the arthritis at the end; I wonder what they'll do with her body? Never actually seen a dead hippo on any wild-life media...
Comment icon #8 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 10 years ago
That is sad ..
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
That's really too bad, kind of like when George the Galapagos Tortoise died . But I swear I've seen older ones than that at the local buffet. I try not to get near their mouths, might lose an arm.
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Fluffs 10 years ago
That hippo has the same name as my mother. :-D
Comment icon #11 Posted by Device 10 years ago
Aaw, 62. Poor old Donna. May she swim, unimpeded, forever more - in that great watering hole in the sky. Rest in peace Donna. Rest in peace.
Comment icon #12 Posted by siggiesis 10 years ago
Whaaaa....I feel really bad and sad for the hippo. Then, I got a pang of dread because I have arthritis in my toes and I don't want to be euthanized (humane or no, but if I must, humane). I bite though.
Comment icon #13 Posted by calobwilliams 10 years ago
I live in Evansville, a few blocks from the zoo, i remember going down to the zoo, watching Donna, one of my friends is the Zoo director's daughter. I remember the pictures of all the animals, the wolves, and Donna. She put our small-ish town on the world maps.
Comment icon #14 Posted by EllJay 10 years ago
I read "World's oldest hippie dies aged 62" and thought -damn, doesn't they get older than that? Anyway, safe passage to the happy hunting-grounds Donna.
Comment icon #15 Posted by LiveForTomorrow 10 years ago
Pretty incredible how long this hippo lived, cant be too disappointed to make it to 62 as a human.


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