Harry Hippo will be sadly missed

13 May 2014

Sadly Harry the hippo was euthanized at  Werribee Open Range Zoo late on Monday 12 May, following a deterioration of a long-term foot condition.

The ageing hippo had been treated extensively by zoo veterinarians, but it did not prevent his condition from worsening recently.

We are all very sad about the loss of Harry but his condition had begun to affect his quality of life and this decision was in his best interests.

Keepers and the vet team have done an amazing job ensuring he received the highest level of care.

Harry’s foot condition was diagnosed many years ago and had been successfully managed with foot bathing treatments and medication.

As Harry got older the condition worsened and staff noted signs of pain over the last days, prompting the difficult decision to euthanize the hippo.

Harry was finding it very difficult to stand and had stopped eating. He became unresponsive to medication and pain relief.

Born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 1978, Harry was one of Werribee Open Range Zoo’s oldest residents and moved to the Zoo in 1984 just one year after the Zoo opened to the public.

Harry will be missed by Zoo staff and generations of visitors to the Zoo.