JBZ mourns loss of life of Magellanic penguin, Herbie

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Herbie celebrated his thirty seventh birthday simply weeks in the past. He was a member of the JBZ’s penguin flock for nearly 20 years and was recognized for his uncommon white plumage.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — John Ball Zoo has introduced the passing of one among their Magellanic penguins. Herbie, a longtime resident of the penguin enclosure, was recognized for his uncommon white plumage.

Herbie celebrated his thirty seventh birthday simply weeks in the past. He was a member of the Zoo’s penguin flock for nearly 20 years.

Herbie got here to the John Ball Zoo from SeaWorld San Diego in 2002, the place he was a father to 2 chicks. As soon as he arrived in Grand Rapids, he fathered 4 extra and have become a grandparent. 

One among his sons, Good friend, is staying at one other establishment, serving to the species in a breeding flock and carrying on Herbie’s lineage, JBZ mentioned. 

Following his birthday, Herbie’s well being declined rapidly. The Zoo made the troublesome choice to carry out a humane euthanasia, officers mentioned.

“Herbie might be drastically missed, however we had been fortunate to have so a few years with him,” JBZ mentioned in a Fb publish, “Thanks to our veterinary and animal care workers for taking such excellent care of our outdated boy.”

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