Yesterday was a tough day for the keepers. Our very cool Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle passed away. Sponge Bob, as we knew him, was highlighted in one of Marilyn’s Creature Features. He was a favorite of many of the keepers.
His body was taken to our diagnostic lab to be necropsied, which is standard protocol for all of our animals. This is to try to learn the cause of death, and to glean any information that might help us care for other or future animals in our collection.
We will all miss Sponge Bob, as will Museum visitors, who were always excited to see his long neck stretched out, or to get an up close look at his unique shell. Please leave us a comment if you have memories of Sponge Bob the Softshell Turtle; he was a great ambassador of his species.