Bresta the hippo passed away yesterday in Kiev Zoo, aged 58. Bresta was officially proclaimed the oldest surviving hippo back in 2013 after celebrating her 55th anniversary. Normally hippos live well into their 40s but rarely reach the age of 50.
Today, Kiev Zoo’s Facebook page confirmed the death of the animal and added that “Bresta passed away peacefully in her sleep.”
Born in 1958 in Munich Hellabrunn Zoo, in the midst of the Cold War standoff between the two superpowers, Bresta was lent to Leningrad Zoo as “a goodwill gesture”.
Contributed By Sonia Narula