Do you know Padme the Camel has died at Denver Zoo ? We have some sad news to share about Padme, our 19-year-old, geriatric Bactrian camel. For the last few years, our expert animal care staff have been managing Padme’s chronic arthritis through acupuncture and arthritis medication, which allowed Padme to continue to live comfortably in our care. After witnessing a significant decline in her quality of life due to issues of advanced age and chronic arthritis, Denver Zoo animal care and veterinarian staff agreed that all options to keep Padme comfortable and happy for the long-term had been exhausted. The team made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her last week so her quality of life and welfare did not suffer. She passed peacefully, in the presence of her animal care team.
Padme was born here at Denver Zoo in 2003 and was hand-raised by keepers after they realized her mother was not interested in raising her. This led to Padme developing very close and special relationships with her keepers, who will tell you that this charming camel loved receiving attention, affection and scratches. Padme was fond of greeting her keepers in the morning with adorable good morning grumbles and loving hair sniffs. Despite her age, this sweet girl also learned many new behaviors in the last few years that helped keep her mentally and physically stimulated and that also allowed her to voluntarily participate in her own healthcare. Padme learned how to participate in her acupuncture treatments, which provided her comfort and relief in her old age. Padme will be deeply missed by all those who knew, loved and cared for her.
The loss of Padme has been felt deeply by the Denver Zoo community. Many of the zookeepers and staff had a close relationship with Padme and were devastated to hear of her passing. However, the zoo has assured visitors that they will continue to provide the best possible care to their remaining animals, and they are committed to ensuring the continued success of their conservation and education programs.
The Denver Zoo has expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of Padme’s passing. The zoo has received messages from people all over the world expressing their condolences and sharing their memories of Padme. The Denver Zoo has thanked the community for their support during this difficult time.
Padme the Camel Has Died at Denver Zoo, the passing of Padme the camel has been a sad event for the Denver Zoo community. Padme was a unique and beloved member of the zoo’s animal family and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. However, her legacy will live on, and the Denver Zoo will continue to provide the best possible care to their remaining animals while continuing their important work in conservation and education.