- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens recently lost one of its most popular and unusual animals.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/1MkG2tc ) “Capone,” a 150-pound alligator snapping turtle, died Tuesday night.

Zookeeper Lindsay Garrett says the often-misunderstood animal may have lacked attributes in the “cute and cuddly” department. But she says her reptilian friend made up for it in charisma.

Garrett says the turtle was a fan favorite at the zoo. Guests were sometimes able to see Capone feast on large fish, quickly swallowing them whole.

Zoo officials weren’t sure how old Capone was. He came there in 1998 for the opening of its Manatee Springs exhibit.

Experts believe alligator snapping turtles can live anywhere from 50 to 100 years old.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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