Koala Death

Columbus Zoo's koala dies

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's nine year old male koala has died. Zookeepers say Tibolt died yesterday morning after being sick for two weeks.

Specialists found a blood clot in his chest and were feeding Tibolt liquefied eucalyptus through a syringe.

Koalas are native to Australia and usually live to be about ten years old. The cause of death is unknown, though veterinarians aren't ruling out the blood clot. Necropsy results will not be available for several weeks.

Tibolt and Gumnut -- the zoo's female koala -- came to Columbus in 1997 on a permanent loan from the Melbourne Zoo.