One of the Humboldt penguins in Woodland Park Zoo's new exhibit has died after a brief illness, the zoo disclosed Thursday.
By Charles E. Brown
Seattle Times staff reporter
One of the Humboldt penguins in Woodland Park Zoo's new exhibit has died, the zoo disclosed Thursday.
A zoo spokeswoman said the penguin had swallowed bits of sealant used in a concealed pipe in the exhibit's pool. Zoo vets said the 18-year-old male penguin had lost its normal appetite and was being treated for what was believed to be an intestinal blockage.
Pathology results within the next week or two may help determine the cause of death.
The zoo had received the penguin, one of nearly two dozen in the exhibit's penguin colony, in March from Chicago's Brookfield Zoo.