Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Oldest aardvark in captivity dies in Tacoma
P-I STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES
Kikuyu, the oldest aardvark in captivity, was euthanized Tuesday at Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium after suffering from congestive heart failure.
Kikuyu, born Jan. 7, 1976, celebrated her 30th birthday this month. But her medications stopped working and her condition worsened, causing her breathing problems.
In November, Kikuyu surpassed the longevity record set by an aardvark at the zoo that lived to be 29. The records were confirmed by the National Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Kikuyu celebrated her last birthday by "slurping" a "cake" frosted with avocados and topped with mealworms.
The oldest living aardvark now is Miss Piggy, who recently turned 27 at the Memphis Zoo, zoo authorities reported.
There's a difference between a living aardvark and a dead one? Huh. Learn something new everyday.