The Halloween fun at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has been darkened by tragic news.
On Tuesday, the zoo announced that 36-year-old Henry, Fiona the baby hippo’s dad, has died.
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) October 31, 2017
This announcement follows a difficult month for the large male hippo. On Oct. 10, the zoo shared on Twitter that Henry wasn’t feeling well.
“Henry’s had a rough week — still little appetite & is losing weight. Our care team is doing everything to help him. Please send good vibes,” reads the first post about Henry’s declining health.
Henry’s had a rough week – still little appetite & is losing weight. Our care team is doing everything to help him. Please send good vibes pic.twitter.com/tIJq7TZ80e
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) October 10, 2017
Over the following weeks, Henry went to several vet exams, leading to sporadic closures of the hippo exhibit. The 3500-lb. hippo’s initial blood tests showed he was fighting an infection. The zoo responded by administering antibiotics and making sure Henry got the rest and care he needed in his weakened state.
Henry the hippo update: pic.twitter.com/4WR24XVcfH
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) October 14, 2017
On Oct. 20, Henry’s health appeared to improve. The zoo Tweeted that Henry’s infection and abnormal kidney function, which keepers feared wasn’t treatable, had been responding to treatment and medication.
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) October 20, 2017
Unfortunately, Henry’s spunk and fight wasn’t enough to pull him through.
Our thoughts go out to Fiona, her mother Bibi and the Cincinnati Zoo during this time of mourning.