Padme the Camel Has Died at Denver Zoo

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.

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