The Akron Zoo is mourning the loss, but more celebrating the legacy, of female Humbolt penguin Emmanuelle who was euthanized last week.
At 36-years-old, Emma, as she was known, was the oldest, zoo-born female Humbolt penguin in an accredited zoo. Emma, who's been retired since 2013, far-exceeded her life expectancy of 16 and a half years, according to a press release from the Akron Zoo.
The decision to euthanize was made last week as Emma was no longer responding to treatments she was being given for old age.
Born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 1983, Emma has called the Akron Zoo home since 2004.
See more about Emma at the Akron Zoo website.