Zoo staff saddened by death of Bert the quoll
BUNDABERG Regional Council staff are upset by the death of one the newest additions at Alexandra Park Zoo.
Bert, one of two quolls named by members of the public as part of a council competition last year, passed away while in veterinary care last week.
Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor said Bert had been unwell for some time.
"The results of tests are still pending, but it is believed Bert suffered severe liver failure. These animals are known to be naturally susceptible to genetic failures of the liver," Cr Honor said.
"Bert had been undergoing treatment for several weeks at the vets and towards the end had jaundice and refused to eat or drink. The most humane decision was to put Bert to rest."
Cr Honor said Bert's health issues weren't linked to problems relating to his care or enclosure.
"Bert, along with his sister Queenie, was housed in accordance with industry best practice and those who have visited the zoo will attest to the good quality exhibit," he said.
"The qualified and experienced staff are meticulous in the proper care of all the animals and are upset by the death.
"A replacement mate for Queenie has been sourced and is expected to arrive within two weeks."