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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