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ZOO HIPPO DIES
Cleveland zoo's Nile hippopotamus, believed to be oldest in North America at 59, euthanized
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:02 PM EST
A Nile hippopotamus believed to be the oldest in North America has died at an Ohio zoo.
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.