Cincinnati Zoo's Henry the Hippo euthanized following health struggle

CINCINNATI (WKYT) - Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo are mourning the loss of one of their animals.

Zoo officials made the decision to euthanize Henry the Hippo on Tuesday. The 36-year-old hippo had been sick for several weeks. After an exam on Tuesday morning, vet staff determined that Henry’s quality of life would not improve and made the decision to humanely euthanize him.

Henry is the father of one of the zoo's most popular animals, Fiona.

“After watching Fiona fight, defy the odds and literally make history, it feels especially unfair and defeating to have to accept this outcome for Henry. While our time with him has been short in quantity, no one can deny that his quality of life before becoming ill was exceptional. From meeting, bonding and breeding with his mate Bibi, to becoming a father to charismatic and spirited Fiona, Henry’s days in Cincinnati were filled with sunshine, watermelons, waterfalls and the highest quality of care that can be provided to any animal,” said Wendy Rice, Africa Head Keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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