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Sad news – Opus, the Aquarium of Niagara’s oldest Humboldt penguin, has passed away

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We have some sad news to pass along.

Opus, the oldest Humboldt Penguin at the Aquarium of Niagara, has passed away.

 

         

 

The staff made the announcement on social media this morning.

 

 

 

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that passing of Opus, our oldest Humboldt penguin.
She was humanely euthanized yesterday after a period of declining health that included severe joint deterioration and arthritis. The Aquarium’s animal care staff and veterinarians made the decision after medications and therapies meant to ease Opus’ discomfort and improve her condition proved insufficient at helping her maintain a decent quality of life.
32-year-old Opus was a true ambassador for the vulnerable Humboldt penguin species and often participated in the Aquarium’s popular animal encounter program and media interviews.
Opus touched many lives, and we invite you to share your photos, videos and memories using this link: https://forms.gle/i5KBDZyuE1N8LV487.”

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that passing of Opus, our oldest Humboldt penguin. She was humanely…

Posted by Aquarium of Niagara on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 

 

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Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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