Sad news – Opus, the Aquarium of Niagara’s oldest Humboldt penguin, has passed away

September 23, 2020

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

We have some sad news to pass along.

Opus, the oldest Humboldt Penguin at the Aquarium of Niagara, has passed away.




The staff made the announcement on social media this morning.




“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that passing of Opus, our oldest Humboldt penguin.
She was humanely euthanized yesterday after a period of declining health that included severe joint deterioration and arthritis. The Aquarium’s animal care staff and veterinarians made the decision after medications and therapies meant to ease Opus’ discomfort and improve her condition proved insufficient at helping her maintain a decent quality of life.
32-year-old Opus was a true ambassador for the vulnerable Humboldt penguin species and often participated in the Aquarium’s popular animal encounter program and media interviews.
Opus touched many lives, and we invite you to share your photos, videos and memories using this link:”




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