A celeb penguin, which made worldwide headlines after forming an attachment to a cardboard cut-out in a Japanese zoo, has died on the age of 21.
Tobu Zoo in Japan’s central Saitama prefecture introduced Grape’s demise by its Twitter account, saying that the reason for demise was unknown. However in keeping with NewsWalker, he would have been round 80-years-old in “human years”.
Grape the Humboldt penguin turned on on-line star in Could after seemingly falling in love with the image of Hululu, an anthropomorphic penguin character from the Japanese anime collection Kemono Mates, after it was positioned in his enclosure, the RocketNews website reviews.
He’s thought to have turn into fixated on the cut-out after being jilted by a feminine penguin known as Midori, which had been his mate for a decade.
The cut-out was initially positioned within the penguin enclosure as a part of a tie-in promotion with Kemono Mates. Grape spent lengthy hours watching Hululu and refusing to go away her facet, and so workers determined to go away the cut-out within the penguin’s enclosure, lengthy after the promotion ended.
Sadly, his demise comes a month earlier than the zoo’s Grape Pageant, a collection of occasions spanning two weeks based mostly across the superstar penguin.
HuffPost Japan notes that condolence messages have already been obtained from Kemono Friends, and Chikuta Ikuko, the voice artist who performs Hululu within the collection. “Finest needs from my coronary heart to little Grape,” Ms Ikuko wrote on Twitter.
Social media is already filling with memes mourning his demise. “Let’s go house, Grape-kun,” says one simple tribute.
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Reporting by Alistair Coleman
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