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Heartbreak at Dublin Zoo: Ernie the Hippo Passes Away

Published on May 14, 2024

Dublin Zoo has announced the sudden and heartbreaking loss of Ernie, our male hippopotamus. Ernie, who arrived from West Midlands Safari Park in the UK at the end of April, was meant to be a vibrant addition to our zoo family.

Ernie's Arrival

Ernie came to Dublin Zoo as a companion for Heidi, a female hippopotamus. He had been settling in well, demonstrating his inquisitive and active nature in his new environment.

Unexpected Tragedy

Just two weeks after his arrival, tragedy struck. Ernie passed away suddenly, leaving the zoo team devastated. An examination is underway to determine the cause of his untimely death.

Community Sympathy

Fans of the zoo expressed their condolences on social media, sharing their love for Ernie and their sadness at his loss. We appreciate the outpouring of support during this difficult time.

Our hearts are heavy as we remember Ernie, a hippo who touched our lives in such a short time.

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