Painfully, the “iconic” koala, believed to be the world’s oldest, has died.
Although staying at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, Lottie lived to a ripe old age.
According to Dailystar, She raised eleven joys during her time here, giving life to 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, the zoo said.
Staff at the Heartbroken zoo expressed their devastation upon death.
The zoo wrote in a post on Facebook: “Anyone who has ever loved an animal knows, during our time with them, we experience many incredible “ups,” but when that time ends, we experience extreme lows.”
“We are very sad to announce the death of the beloved Koala of the Riverbanks, Lottie.
Lottie lived 19 glorious years and had a significant effect on the koala population in AZA-accredited zoos due to the outstanding treatment given by Riverbanks during her tenure at the Zoo. Lottie was considered one of the eldest koalas in the world.
“Lottie, who arrived in 2003 as a gift from Queensland, Australia, was a well-known member of the Riverbanks family!
Renowned for raising 11 joeys, she left quite an impressive family tree, including 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and even three great-great-grandchildren.
“Lottie was a favourite among guests and staff alike and will always be regarded as an iconic ambassador for koalas.”
“She was just doing something right. “John Davis, director of animal care and welfare at the zoo, told The Post and Courier, “Keepers loved her and she came here to introduce new genes into our captive population (in North America).
“That was very, very significant for Riverbanks and brought awareness to a very unique and pretty cool species.”
Davis said that when she turned 16, Lottie’s keepers began to notice mobility difficulties, but an acupuncture regimen relieved her of the discomfort and added to her overall health.
She gave birth to Charlotte the same year, her last joey, who lives at Riverbanks as well.
“She was such an incredible wife. Davis said, “She took such great care and was successful with her joys.” “A good pedigree and a self-sustaining population are what we want to maintain.”
Zookepers, considering the terrible death, are determined to celebrate the wonderful life of Lottie.
“It was sad, but Lottie is being remembered. Celebrating her life and the world with what she said,’ he said. There was something about Lottie, the fact that people could come here and watch her and celebrate her success. Her face could catch you, really.
Sarah, who died in 2001 at 23 years of age, was the oldest koala ever in care.
Sarah was born in 1978, and lived in Queensland, Australia, in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
For a koala, the average age is 12 years in the wild and 16 in captivity.