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Newport Aquarium says goodbye to 150-year-old resident

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NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

One of Newport Aquarium’s oldest and iconic animals passed away Tuesday. 

Thunder, a 150 pound alligator snapping turtle, was estimated to be 150-years-old.  She was born before the Reds - the oldest professional baseball team was established in 1869. 

Thunder was an original resident when the aquarium opened in 1999.  She was discovered in a Louisiana seafood market in the late 1990s.  Back then, it was legal to take alligator snapping turtles from the wild for commerce. 

She was rescued because of her size and sent to a farm in Missouri where the Aquarium found her.

Her cause of death will not be known for several weeks. 

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