City and county officials confirm a hippopotamus at Honolulu Zoo was found dead Friday morning.
Rosey, a 3,000-pound 26-year-old female hippopotamus, had been living at the zoo for 24 years. Officials said she was not sick.
A necropsy will be performed next week to determine her cause of death.
“We’ll be taking tissue samples and blood samples and sending them off, probably be getting those back in two or three weeks,” said zoo director Jeff Wilkinson.
The zoo currently has one female hippopotamus and no males. Zoologists are monitoring and comforting Louise, the remaining hippopotamus.
“We brought Louise out of the exhibit. She’s in the back quarters holding right now and we’re doing everything we can to make her feel comfortable,” Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson says the zoo will search for a suitable companion for Louise in the future.
The hippopotamus exhibit is closed indefinitely while Rosey’s body is removed.