LOS ANGELES (CBS) —  Jabba, the Los Angeles Zoo’s only hippopotamus, has died.  Jabba was 28.

The death Friday marks the first time since the zoo opened in 1966 that it will not have a hippo on exhibit.

Zoo keepers said Jabba was ailing for the past month.

He showed a decreased appetite, abnormal bloating and was not responding to medication, zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said.

“Today the staff made the difficult decision to euthanize him,” Jacobs said.

Jabba will be transported to a California Animal Health and Food Safety laboratory, where a full necropsy will be done.

“As unfortunate an occurrence as it is when an animal like this passes away, it is also a learning opportunity,” Jacobs said.

He said it is too soon to know whether the zoo will try to acquire another hippo.

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Comments (8)
  1. anonymous says:

    Last time I visited the LA zoo back in August, Jabba looked depressed in the nasty shallow water in the exibit. Hippos are supposed to live 40 to 50 years but this one only lived to 28. The LA zoo does not deserve anothe rhippo until they update the horrible exibit Jabba was forced to live in.

    1. dave says:

      that does not matter why is it news when an animal dies waste of time and space there has to be something more important then a hippo to report on

  2. gp says:

    Here come the tree huggers, any minute now.
    You know, the ones who will scream about protecting an animal but abort there own babies?

    1. Robear says:

      Your comment fell totally flat… no tree-huggers or abortionists in view….

  3. UNCLE CRACKER says:

    I THOUGHT OPRAH WAS IN HER 50’S.

  4. lu says:

    koala bears dead alligator dead elephant dead hippo dead l.a zoo is garbage it should not even be there they take funds to faten there pockets and let the animals suffer