Mirage’s Bella The Bottlenose Dolphin Dies After Medical Complications
A 13-year-old bottlenose dolphin, named Bella, died last Thursday, according to The Mirage‘s President and Chief Operating Officer, Niklas Rytterstrom.
Bella was part of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and was dealing with gastroenteritis, which was ultimately the cause of her death, the release states.
“Our animal care team worked closely with marine mammal experts and veterinarians to ensure Bella received the very best medical care. Bella will be greatly missed by us all – especially by the members of our team who were entrusted with her day-to-day care,” the release says.
Bella is survived by her daughter Lady, her mother Huf-N–Puf and her granddaughter Duchess. All of her surviving relatives will still remain at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.
“She will be remembered for her vibrant personality, close bonds with team members and fellow dolphins and the joy she brought to countless visitors and guests,” the release says. “She embodied the Habitat’s mission of promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the dolphins and other animals entrusted to our care.”
The Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat opened in 1990 with a “focus on scientific research, education and conservation outreach. The animals are ambassadors for their species and ecosystems, and we take every measure to ensure their health and well-being,” the website states.
According to Whale & Dolphin Conservation USA, bottlenose dolphins generally live between 30 and 50 years in the wild.