Oldest Magellanic penguin dies in US zoo. He was 40, had 26 youngsters, 31 grandkids

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The oldest Magellanic penguin on the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens — one of many oldest penguins residing beneath human care wherever on the planet — died Wednesday on the age of 40, the zoo reported.

The estimated age of the male, known as Captain Eo, was properly over the species’ common life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, the zoo stated in an announcement.

Captain Eo was named for a Eighties Michael Jackson quick movie that was a Disneyland attraction and he was the final remaining founding member of the zoo’s Magellanic penguin colony.

The ageing animal had misplaced a lot of his eyesight and listening to and wanted particular feeding methods, the zoo stated.

Magellanic penguin are native to South America. They’ll develop greater than 2 ft (60 centimeters) tall and weight as a lot as 14 kilos (6.4 kilograms).

Captain Eo arrived on the zoo in 1984 when 52 wild Magellanic penguins have been introduced in to discovered a colony on Penguin Island, a habitat that features a massive outside pool together with burrows and rocky landscapes to imitate their native habitat, the zoo stated.

Captin Eo had the persona of “an older refined gentleman,” Quinn Brown, the zoo’s assistant curator of birds, stated within the assertion.

“He didn’t partake within the common shenanigans of stealing fish from others, or pushing his method by means of the gang for fish. As a substitute, he would quietly and politely sit on the rocky seashore and wait his flip for his meal, then exit for a swim or dwelling,” Brown stated. “He was one-of-a-kind.“

Captain Eo had 26 kids, 31 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, the zoo stated. Many are in different zoos and establishments across the nation.

“Whereas we’ll by no means have the distinction of embracing and connecting with Captain on this method once more, he’ll all the time have a monumental place in our hearts,” Brown stated. “He represented part of San Francisco Zoo historical past and the penguin world that can’t ever be forgotten.”

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