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Cincinnati Zoo saddened by loss of iconic turtle

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Zoo lost one of its iconic animals earlier this week. 

"Capone," a large alligator snapping turtle, passed away Tuesday evening. 

The turtle reportedly weighed around 160 pounds. 

Lindsay Garrett, a keeper at the exhibit Manatee Springs, expressed her sadness in a post on the zoo's blog. 

"Everybody who worked around Capone came to really love him," wrote Garrett. "What he may have lacked in the “cute and cuddly” department (unless you ask me because I thought he was adorable), he made up for in charisma."

Garrett says the turtle was a fan favorite at the zoo. Guests were sometimes able to see Capone feast on large fish, quickly swallowing them whole.

"We weren’t ever really certain how old Capone was, but zoo lore told that he was one of the oldest animals in the zoo. He came here in 1998 for the opening of Manatee Springs," she continued.

The zoo said employees and visitors will miss seeing the "old man of Manatee Springs." 

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