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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Comments (10)
  1. Pete & Kathy says:

    Godspeed April! 😦

  2. JD FROM ALA says:

    I didn’t know they could get THAT old.

  3. missy says:

    at least April is free like she should have always been

  4. Hunter says:

    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.

  5. mayhem says:

    dolphins are soooo cool

    1. Jonda says:

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

  6. Reality says:

    Sad 😦

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

  7. Clarence says:

    Something “fishy” about this!

  8. Jeffery Gauss says:

    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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