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Oldest captive alligator in the world dies at Honolulu Zoo

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Honolulu Zoo announced on Thursday that one of the zoo's alligators has died.

The larger alligator named Goliath died April 29 due to what appears to have been liver failure, said Honolulu Zoo Director Baird Fleming.

Goliath was brought to the Honolulu Zoo in 1953 by the zoo's first director, Paul Breese. Breese says he distinctly remembers “going to the alligator farm in San Antonio and measuring their biggest gator. He was ten feet long and they said he was at least 20-years-old at the time.”

According to global zoo records, this means that Goliath was the longest lived captive alligator ever recorded in the world.

“We are very sorry to have Goliath leave us, but are very happy to have had him with us for so long,” said Fleming.

The Honolulu Zoo has one remaining alligator, a male named Bob.

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