John Ball Zoo penguin dies at age 37

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids says a penguin that had been with its flock for about 20 years has died.

Herbie the Magellanic penguin was 37. Based on Nationwide Geographic, such penguins often dwell between 10 and 20 years within the wild however can attain 35 — or older, like Herbie — in zoos.

John Ball Zoo stated in a Sunday Fb put up that after Herbie’s well being declined rapidly in current weeks, officers determined to euthanize him.

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Herbie got here to Grand Rapids in 2002 from SeaWorld San Diego. He fathered six chicks over the course of his life. Certainly one of them can also be a part of the breeding program to assist the species survive, so Herbie was additionally a grandfather.

Whereas Magellanic penguins are usually black on their backs and white on their bellies, Herbie’s feathers have been largely white, with some black spots and accents on his wings, round his stomach and on his head.

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Herbie’s species of penguin is native to South America, the place explorer Ferdinand Magellan (their namesake) and his crew noticed them in 1519. Nationwide Geographic says Magellanic penguins are thought of close to threatened, with the principle causes of decline being oil air pollution, business fishing and local weather change.

John Ball Zoo is closed for the winter. Its spring opening date has not but been introduced.

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