Ailing alligator gets CPR at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium but dies later anyway

Posted at 12:43 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 12:43:34-04

POWELL, Ohio (AP) -- An animal care team administered CPR to an ailing alligator in front of onlookers at an Ohio zoo, but it wasn't enough to save its life.

WBNS-TV reports that officials at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say the male alligator had been under veterinary care for weeks because of a respiratory condition. A crowd watched Saturday as the team performed CPR.

Zoo officials say the alligator's health continued to decline rapidly and he died Saturday night.