Henry the Hippo Has Died Cincinnati Zoo

Henry the Hippo Has Died

We’re very sad to announce that our beloved Henry has died. Our care team did everything they could for him but he continued to lose weight and was becoming weaker and weaker. After an exam this morning, vet staff determined that Henry’s quality of life would not improve and made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is mourning the death of 36-year-old Henry, father of the famous Fiona.  He had been struggling with health issues for months and had lost hundreds of pounds.  According to vet staff who had been carefully monitoring him, he took an obvious downward turn in the past few days and was weak and unsteady.  After an exam this morning, they determined that Henry’s quality of life would not improve and made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.

“The blood work from Henry’s last exam gave us some hope that he was on the mend, but his appetite never returned and his condition declined rapidly.  Vets and his care team worked tirelessly to keep him comfortable and help him fight this illness. Nothing – antibiotics, favorite foods, extra TLC – seemed to turn his condition around,” said Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s Curator of Mammals.  “We are all so sad to lose him.  Everyone loved him. He was a sweet, gentle giant with a big personality. He enjoyed interacting with his caregivers.”

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Fans reacted to Henry the Hippo Has Died

Jennifer Blessing May he rest in peace and shed his strength on Princess Fiona. Thank you Hippo Care Team for making every effort to help Papa Henry. I pray for your comfort as well as I know this was a tough decision for you all to make

Angela Marie Thank you for trying to save him so sorry it didn’t happen prayers to you all and Fiona and bIbiza!

Wendy Maxian Rest In Peace, sweet Henry. Thank you for giving the world Fiona and being a joy to see and learn about.

Jocelyn Massicotte Warner Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this! Sending love to you all as well as Fiona And Bibi 

Danelle Lee So sad to hear. My heart goes out to the staff who have cared for him so diligently. Prayers of peace, comfort, and strength. 

Curiously… After euthanizing, does Bibi and Fiona get to say goodbye? What is the typical behavior when when a member of their group dies?

Michelle McLaurin Price I'm so thankful for the wonderful life you provided Henry. He exceeded the average life span of a hippo thanks to your care. We will sure miss the family photos. Much love to Henry's surviving hippo and human families. Thank you for sharing and being transparent.

Jamie Lynn Wood I've been nothing but impressed with the care and love the hippo team has shown this year. My heart is broken for all of you. I hope you find comfort in your memories and time with each other, Bibi and Fiona.

Terri Couser Matheney I'm so sorry to hear this. Poor Henry—he was so loved! Hugs and prayers to his caregivers and all of those who gave him a wonderful hippo life—-you are greatly appreciated 

Terri Couser Matheney I'm so sorry to hear this. Poor Henry—he was so loved! Hugs and prayers to his caregivers and all of those who gave him a wonderful hippo life—-you are greatly appreciated 

Susan Bergdorf Magoteaux I am so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts hearing this. It hurts for for Fiona and Bibi. When quality of life is gone and suffering takes over, euthanasia is the best ending. Rest in peace Henry

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