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Penguin dies before new exhibit opens at ABQ Biopark Zoo

KOB Web Staff
June 18, 2019 11:48 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- One of the Albuquerque Biopark Zoo's newest tenants died.

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James, a king penguin, passed away on Friday.

Zoo officials said James began losing weight after arriving at the zoo on June 5. Zoo staff said caregivers took all measures possible to save Jame's life. Unfortunately, they said it wasn't enough.

"The staff actually spends most of their time in there with the penguins making sure that the different species are getting along, making sure they get their exercise, making sure everybody's eating," said Baird Fleming, director of the ABQ BioPark. 

Zoo officials said the remaining 31 penguins are behaving normally and appear to be thriving in their new environment. 

Fleming said he doesn't think James had an infectious disease, because they check for that before the penguins are transferred. 

He's hoping a tissue test will help solve James' death. 

"We want to do our best to make sure that they're always happy, healthy, and safe," Fleming said. "That is literally what goes through our mind every second of the day when we're here."

No official date has been given for the penguin exhibit's opening.

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