Toledo Zoo saddened by death of hippo - WFXG FOX54 Augusta - Your News One Hour Earlier

Toledo Zoo saddened by death of hippo

Posted: Updated:
TOLEDO, OH (Press Release) -

The Toledo Zoo is sad to report that Bubbles, its 58-year-old female hippo, was euthanized today due to complications of advanced age.

One of three hippos at the Toledo Zoo, Bubbles was estimated to be the oldest female Nile hippopotamus in any zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA estimates a hippo's mean life expectancy at 36 years.

"Bubbles was an iconic animal who had been a part of the Toledo Zoo longer than any person currently on staff," Jeff Sailer, executive director of the Zoo, said. "During her 57 years here, three generations of families included her in their trips to the Zoo -- more than 20 million people just in the last 20 years."

Born at the Philadelphia Zoo in October, 1954, Bubbles came to the Toledo Zoo in September, 1955. She spent her first 31 years at the Zoo's former elephant house (now the African Lodge) before moving to the new, world-renowned Hippoquarium® in 1986. This exhibit featured the world's first filtered underwater viewing of hippos, offering clearer underwater viewing of the animals than zoo visitors had been able to enjoy previously.

In 1987, Bubbles made headlines with the birth of her calf, Puddles, who was born in the Hippoquarium® (during regular Zoo hours, no less). This was the first time anyone in the world had seen or filmed an underwater hippo birth. Bubbles successfully raised a total of 11 calves while at the Zoo.

"Most of the visitors who saw Bubbles would never have had a chance otherwise to see a hippo up close," Jeff Sailer, executive director of the Zoo, said. "She had a long, productive life and inspired awe among the countless people whose lives she touched."

  • More on WFXG.comMore>>

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Paine College back to football

    Paine College back to football

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:02:25 GMT
    After 51 years, Paine College brought back their football program to join the rest of their athletic teams.More >>
    After 51 years, Paine College brought back their football program to join the rest of their athletic teams.More >>
  • Grovetown police chief resigns

    Grovetown police chief resigns

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:01:39 GMT
    Grovetown Director of Public Safety Gary Owens has resigned his post, effective Friday.The resignation comes after a two day suspension by Mayor George W. James III following the escape of two inmatesMore >>
    Grovetown Director of Public Safety Gary Owens has resigned his post, effective Friday.More >>
  • Roberson reflects on tenure as top educator in Richmond Co.

    Roberson reflects on tenure as top educator in Richmond Co.

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:17:45 GMT
    The cards and sentiments were flowing in as Richmond County students and staff said goodbye to their leader. "That's humbling," said Dr. Frank Roberson. "Both humbling, and encouraging." But the timesMore >>
    The cards and sentiments were flowing in as Richmond County students and staff said goodbye to their leader.More >>
Powered by WorldNow