Minnesota Zoo Dolphin Dies At Age 44

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo is mourning the loss of April, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.

The zoo reports that the 44-year-old dolphin died Tuesday after suffering physical ailments for the past few months. A necropsy, or animal autopsy, will determine the cause of death.

April was the mother of 22-year-old Allie, another dolphin at the Apple Valley zoo, and grandmother of Taijah (TAY’-shah), born last summer. She had been at the zoo since January 2008 on loan from a Chicago zoo.

The Minnesota Zoo has another dolphin named Semo, who is 45 years old.

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  • Pete & Kathy

    Godspeed April! :-(


    I didn’t know they could get THAT old.

  • missy

    at least April is free like she should have always been

  • Hunter

    Well at least she lived a long life! It is so sad to hear that though. May she RIP. My condolences are with the marnine mammal staff.

  • mayhem

    dolphins are soooo cool

    • Jonda

      yes they are so cool they are one of my favorite animals

  • Reality

    Sad :(

    Watch “THE COVE”!!!
    Sad what humans do for entertainment.

  • Clarence

    Something “fishy” about this!

  • Jeffery Gauss

    44 years is a pretty good life for a bottlenose in captivity. Some in the wild don’t live past 30!

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