On the 5th of February, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, the home of the oldest lungfish in the world, had to bid farewell to Granddad. The lungfish, which was brought all the way from Australia in 1933, was euthanized by the Aquarium’s worker, as it was experiencing the telltale signs of multiorgan system failure. Granddad has been called the oldest living aquarium fish in the world, being at least 100 years old.
According to a Shedd Aquarium spokesperson, Granddad, the world’s oldest lungfish, has passed away, leaving behind a lot of memories and broken hearts. Several weeks prior to Granddad’s death, the Aquarium workers observed that the 100-year-old lungfish lost its appetite. Each day its condition would worsen to the point where the fish could no longer move around its enclosure.
A few days ago, the Aquarium’s workers saw that Granddad was showing all the signs of multiorgan failure. Seeing as he could no longer live in comfort, the vets working at the Chicago Aquarium decided that the most humane solution was to put down the fish.
Granddad was over four feet long and weighed approximately 25 pounds when he was put down. He has been the star attraction of the Chicago-based aquarium since 1933 when he was brought all the way from the Sydney Aquarium in Australia.
According to the Shedd Aquarium’s spokespersons, Granddad was meant to be the star attraction of 1933’s World Fair. Moreover, Granddad did not have to make the trip alone, as he was transported together with his mate.
Ever since the lungfish was placed in its new enclosure, it managed to steal the hearts of its caretakers and tourist who would, more than often, swing by to see Granddad’s gimmicks. It would also seem that Granddad managed to outlive most of his caretakers, and, up to this day, no one knows for certain the lungfish’s age.
Granddad’s caretakers said that the fish was a teenager when he was transported from Sydney to Chicago and that, to their knowledge, Granddad must have been at least 100-year-old.
The old timer wasn’t only the children’s delight. As one of the caretakers recalls, many young couples took their vows in front of lungfish’s tank, under Granddad’s gentle glance. Of course, many of the aquarium’s regulars were deeply saddened to find out that the old timer had to be put down, and remembered how they first met the world’s oldest lungfish.
Image source: Wikipedia