Prosecutors: Beloved Salvadoran Hippo Died Of Poor Care, Not Beating

Prosecutors: Beloved Salvadoran Hippo Died Of Poor Care, Not Beating

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Last week it was pretty widely reported that Gustavito, a beloved hippopotamus who lived at the National Zoo of El Salvador, had been beaten and stabbed to death by unknown assailants.

Prosecutors are now saying that it looks like Gustavito died of poor care after no signs of wounds were found on the hippo’s body during post-mortem exam.

Gustavito, who was 15, died last Sunday.

A more detailed exam indicated that the hippo died of a pulmonary haemorrhage. The hippo was likely unable to breathe because of blood in the lungs.

The zoo reported that Gustavito had been beaten brutally which naturally prompted international outrage. No attack was caught on any of the zoo’s cameras as there were none in Gustavito’s enclosure.

Officials aren’t completely ruling out that Gustavito was attacked, but at this time, it doesn’t look like that’s what happened.


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