20:05 May. 23, 2016
Staff asks visitors to remember the charismatic mammal by sharing photos of her online
The Kyiv Zoo has lost its oldest resident, and the oldest hippopotamus in the world, 58-year-old Bresta, the zoo officials reported.
"Her kind eyes will be remembered by Kyiv residents for a long time, and her name will forever be known among those that make leading zoos proud," a statement on the Kyiv Zoo's official Facebook page says. The staff asks zoo visitors to share the photos they have of the hippo online.
Bresta has lived more than two decades beyond the massive mammal's usual life expectancy. According to the staff, the Kyiv Zoo is renowned for its unusually high number of long-living animals.
Bresta was born on December 15, 1958, in Munich, and was then brought to the Leningrad Zoo. When transported across the German-Soviet border, the baby hippo got its name after the city of Brest where the customs office was situated.
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Bresta and her mate Almaz arrived in Kyiv in 1973. Here they spent more than a decade together.