A camel that has lived at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence for more than 20 years has died.
“It is with great sadness that #RWPZoo announces the passing of Gina, one of the dromedary camels, seen by visitors on Marco Polo’s Adventure trek,” the zoo posted on its Facebook page Monday evening.
The post also noted that Gina “joined the Zoo family on May 22, 1996.” She “was a favorite with guests, and dearly loved by staff and volunteers alike.”
Gina shared a home with another camel, Sasha, according to the post. The two were longtime friends.
“They represented a species of camel native to northern Africa and southwestern Asia,” the post noted.
Zoo officials also asked patrons to share their memories and photos of Gina on the post.
While one person wrote, “Very sad, always thought she looked so sweet! At least she isn't in pain anymore! I remember reading a sign about her arthritis, which was quite obviously causing her discomfort. One visit in late winter/early spring of this year left me feeling so sad for her, she appeared to be hurting. I know my bones do in the cold! RIP.”
Another post was similar in sentiment.
“So sad...such a beautiful animal...my heartfelt condolences to the keeper staff who gave her such great during her stay at the zoo.”