Cleveland zoo's Nile hippopotamus, believed to be oldest in North America at 59, euthanized

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo shows Blackie a Nile hippopotamus. Blackie, who came to the zoo from Africa in 1955, was euthanized Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, due to "advanced age-related ailments." The zoo says he was about 59 years-old and believed to be the oldest in North America. (AP Photo/Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

CLEVELAND - A Nile hippopotamus believed to be the oldest in North America has died at an Ohio zoo.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo says the male hippo was euthanized Monday due to "advanced age-related ailments." The zoo says the hippo was named Blackie and was about 59 years old.

A zoo announcement says Blackie sired three male offspring after arriving at the zoo from Africa in 1955. Blackie was born in a game sanctuary in Tanzania.

The zoo says hippos typically live 30 to 40 years in the wild and can live longer in captivity.


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