- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - Officials at the Newport Aquarium say the oldest animal at the facility- an alligator snapping turtle - has died.

Aquarium spokeswoman Jennifer Tan told The Kentucky Enquirer (cin.ci/1SWeFcg) that the animal was estimated to be about 150 years old. She said the alligator snapping turtle is thought to live between 80 and 120 years in the wild, but how long they live in captivity isn’t known because aquariums have only tracked the ages of animals for about 40 years.

A necropsy was performed after the turtle’s death on Tuesday, but results weren’t immediately available.

The turtle, named Thunder, was most recently in the Canyon Falls exhibit, but had lived at the aquarium since it opened in 1999.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, https://www.nky.com

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