Zoo Penguin Dies From Pneumonia

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Zoo Penguin Dies From Pneumonia
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Source: Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo is heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Cito, our 3-year-old Humboldt penguin. Cito and his brother Monty were hand-raised, and frequently came out for visits with guests around the Zoo. They received their names from Premier Foster Feeder Montecito Bank & Trust.

Last week, Cito developed a severe case of fungal pneumonia. Though our animal care experts worked tirelessly to provide treatment and medication, his quality of life rapidly declined. On Sunday night, the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

Cito touched the lives of countless numbers of guests and held a very special place in the hearts of Zoo staff. He was a great ambassador for the declining Humboldt species, and for penguins all over the world. He will truly be missed.

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a-1545073243 Nov 29, 2018 11:57 PM
Zoo Penguin Dies From Pneumonia

It also just happens. My father coughed for about a year before Dr. Kupperman saved his life. Could've been lung cancer when we saw xrays, but Dr. removed chunks of aspergillus and my father recovered. If it's interstitial? A whole different story. Don't try blaming the patient. I'm very sad Cito is gone. Fungal infections are harder to cure, take longer and treatment is more difficult, due in part to the meds, than a bacterial infection.

a-1545073243 Nov 29, 2018 11:06 AM
Zoo Penguin Dies From Pneumonia

Aspergillosis is often stress-induced. It's ubiquitous fungus which is kept in check by the immune system and stress affects immune response. Perhaps being put into public situations was uncomfortable for this animal. Probably a good idea to keep a close eye on the other one and get it on meds, maybe stop the public appearances. Three is very young.

a-1545073243 Nov 29, 2018 11:58 PM
Zoo Penguin Dies From Pneumonia

He didn't look uncomfortable while out and about. He wasn't forced to be out.

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