Brutus, Australia’s oldest Hippo, has passed away.
Zookeepers in Adelaide farewelled the Rhino before it was euthanased last week. He was 54 years of age.
The hippo was one of the largest and longest-standing residents at Adelaide Zoo,.
Brutus lived well beyond the average lifespan of a hippo, and nothing more could be done to improve his quality of life.
Brutus’s female partner Susie died in 2017 at the age of 49. At the time, she was the oldest female hippopotamus in captivity.
Adelaide Zoo also has a pygmy hippopotamus called Obi.
Brutus was born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in 1965, and moved to Adelaide Zoo in 1975.