MINOT, N.D. – Staff at the Roosevelt Park Zoo have announced the passing of one of the zoo’s Bactrian camels.
The zoo reports that Poopy the 18-year-old camel passed away during the night, likely from natural causes due to advanced age.
The animal’s real name was Hufferja from the veterinarian who helped to delivered him, but zookeepers who bonded with him gave him the affectionate moniker Poopy.
The zoo credits Poopy for traveling with staff to area schools for outreach education when he was younger.
A female companion camel Mulan died this spring, though it’s unlikely that their deaths are related.
The zoo says this species of camel is considered ‘critically endangered and the animals are native to Central Asia.
The zoo will remain open through the winter with adjusted hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.