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‘Captain EO,’ one of oldest Magellanic penguins under human care, dies at 40 at San Francisco Zoo – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2022-07-07 11:40:20 –

San Francisco-One of the oldest penguins living in prisoners died at the San Francisco Zoo, officials said Wednesday.

Magellanic penguin, Captain EO was thought to be about 40 years old.

He is the last survivor of the founding penguins community at the zoo, founded in 1984.

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The zoo said in a statement that the estimated age of males was well above the life expectancy of this species, 20-30 years.

As Captain EO grew older, he lost sight and hearing.

Animal welfare staff protected him and allowed him to eat in a flock of hungry penguins.

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Captain EO is named after Michael Jackson’s short film in the 1980s, which was a Disneyland attraction. He was the last founding member of the Magellanic Penguin Colony at the zoo.

Magellanic penguins are native to South America. He is over 2 feet (60 centimeters) tall and weighs 14 pounds (6.4 kilograms).

Captain EO arrived at the zoo in 1984, and 52 wild magellanic penguins found a colony on Penguins Island. This habitat has large outdoor pools, burrows and rocky landscapes that mimic their habitat.

Captain EO’s legacy lives on through his 26 descendants, 31 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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