- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say they’re mourning the loss of a 7-year-old warthog.

Zoo officials said Thursday that animal management and veterinary teams are working to determine the cause of the warthog’s death.

Officials say the warthog, named Vern, has been taken to the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine for a necropsy.

Officials say Vern and his mate, Shirley, were the parents of five piglets. The couple’s most recent piglets, Lex and Eleanor, were born in April.

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