Texas State Aquarium says goodbye to Chiquita the porcupine

Ashlee Burns
Corpus Christi Caller Times

The Texas State Aquarium said goodbye to one of its long-term residents last week.

Chiquita, a 16-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine, was humanely euthanized after developing a range of age-related health conditions that affected the quality of her life, the aquarium said on Monday.

Chiquita, a 16-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine, was humanely euthanized after developing a range of age-related health conditions that affected the quality of her life.

"For this reason, our animal health and animal care teams had to make the heart-breaking but necessary welfare decision that the time had come to humanely euthanize and say goodbye to beautiful Chiquita," the aquarium said in a social media post.

Chiquita arrived at the aquarium in 2005 and leaves a legacy of contributing to educational programs, animal presentations and more. 

The aquarium said Chiquita surpassed the median life expectancy of 10.9 years for porcupines in zoos and aquariums.

Chiquita, a 16-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine, was humanely euthanized after developing a range of age-related health conditions that affected the quality of her life.

"Chiquita’s long life is a testament to the care and love she received, and we know she was a special part of the Aquarium for many of you too," the aquarium said. "Our thoughts are with the Bird Mammal team, and we are happy to have been able to share Chiquita’s life for so many years."

"Chiquita’s keepers will remember her as an incredibly sweet and gentle animal that loved bananas and sweet potatoes."

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