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Hippo euthanized at LA Zoo after month of illness

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A 28-year-old hippopotamus has died at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The zoo said in a statement that the male hippo known as “Jabba” was euthanized Friday, after a “difficult decision” from the staff.

Jabba had been under veterinary care for a month and had not been responding to treatment.

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The zoo did not give specific details about Jabba's illness, saying the body will be taken to the California Animal Health and Food Safety lab for a complete necropsy.

Jabba lived at the San Diego Zoo for many years and fathered several calves before coming to Los Angeles in 2009.

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