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Mayor of Beardsley Zoo Wiggles dead at 19

The Chinchilla was recently elected in 2019 as the first mayor of the zoo. He will be succeeded by Amur leopard Kallisto and will finish Wiggle's 12-month term.
Credit: Beardsley Zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Beardsley Zoo announced on Tuesday, first-term Mayor Wiggles the Chinchilla passed away from advanced age on January 3. He was 19. 

Wiggles was recently elected Mayor of Beardsley Zoo in 2019 and defeated six other animals to win his mayoral title. He also was part of the ZooMobile visits to senior centers and children's birthday parties. 

“Although Wiggles did not serve long as the Zoo’s mayor, he served as an educator for the Zoo for nearly two decades. His role was to engage children and adults alike in recognizing the need to understand animals of all species, to highlight the delicate balance between living things and their environment, and to foster curiosity,” said Education Curator Jim Knox. “Wiggles was the consummate animal ambassador and a beloved member of the Zoo family. We feel his loss deeply.”

Amur leopard Kallisto will succeed Wiggles as Mayor since they won second place and will serve the rest of Wiggle's 12-month term. 

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