Moses the yak dies at age 15 at the Sequoia Park Zoo


The Sequoia Park Zoo (SPZ) announced Wednesday that a beloved member of the zoo community has sadly passed away ate the age of about 15.

Moses was a domestic yak who came to the Sequoia Park Zoo in 2012 with his sister Scarlet, the SPZ said.

"While many in Humboldt are used to seeing cattle, guests often rejoiced in trying to guess what Moses was," the SPZ said via Facebook. "He was a very sweet and endearing individual and will be missed by many."

At an estimated age of 15, Moses was in his twilight years and in February of this year began experiencing age-related arthritis and joint issues, the SPZ said. Staff worked with vets to establish a regimen and treatment plan, and kept Moses active and comfortable for months.

Ultimately, the SPZ said he began showing increasing signs of pain and an overall decrease in quality of life. With no further pain options available, the much-difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize him, according to zoo staff.

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