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Aquarium Mourns Loss of Penguin

Aquarium Mourns Loss of Penguin


October 15, 2015

The Aquarium is saddened by the sudden loss of Noodles the Magellanic Penguin. Staff members were shocked to discover his body in his burrow yesterday morning, as there were no immediate or obvious signs of illness. A necropsy was performed in the hopes of finding out more about the cause of his death, and results are typically available about a month later.

Noodles was born in 2002 in a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and came to the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2011. He was loved by the staff for his commitment to his family. He is survived by his mate, Patsy, and his two offspring Paddles and Mattson.

Elvis the Magellanic Penguin
Elvis the Magellanic Penguin | Robin Riggs
“This is an extremely difficult and disheartening time for our staff. Noodles was loved by us all. We are struggling emotionally as we also prepare for the euthanasia of Elvis the penguin, who is suffering from a long-term neurological condition. His health has deteriorated to a point that has drastically impacted his quality of life, despite the great lengths staff members have gone to test and treat his rare condition. Dealing with both of these losses during the same time period has saddened all of us. We will greatly miss Noodles and Elvis,” said Perry Hampton, Aquarium of the Pacific vice president of animal husbandry.