News Release, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Washington, D.C.- Sydney, a 3-year-old Bennett’s wallaby, died Sept. 20 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Keepers had noticed earlier that week that he did not have much of an appetite and was losing weight. As a result, he was transported to the Zoo’s veterinary hospital on Friday, Sept. 20, for an exam.
During the exam, veterinarians discovered that he had an inoperable mass in his stomach that had been causing his lack of appetite and weight loss. Due to his poor prognosis and rapidly declining quality of life, veterinarians and keepers made the difficult decision to euthanize him. A necropsy report may provide more details about the cause of the mass.
According to keepers, Sydney enjoyed interacting with his keepers and was a good companion to the three other wallabies he lived with. Sydney had fathered a female wallaby joey named Lenah, who also lives at the Zoo. Visitors can see Lenah and the Zoo’s adult female wallabies, Victoria and Adelaide, behind the Small Mammal House.
Bennett’s wallabies are native to the eastern coast of Australia, parts of South Australia and Tasmania. They are listed as a species of “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.
To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II