Children’s zoo grieving loss of honey badger

September 20, 2018

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo announced that Reilly, a male honey badger, has died. Reilly was about 20 years old, which is considered old for his species, the zoo said.

He suffered from arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), which may have contributed to his death Monday night, though the ultimate cause is still unknown, the zoo said on its Facebook page Tuesday.

Reilly was “a longtime favorite among staff and guests alike because of his personality, and he will be dearly missed,” the zoo said in its post.

“Thank you to Reilly’s wonderful animal care team who helped give him a long and healthy life, and to all of the guests who loved him as much as we did.”

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo spokeswoman Bonnie Kemp said in an emailed response Wednesday that Reilly had been at the zoo since 2007. He came to Fort Wayne from the San Diego Zoo.

According to information on the local zoo’s website, the lifespan for a honey badger is up to 26 years.

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