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Akron Zoo's giant Pacific octopus passes away
Nani the octopus was with the zoo for two years

Lyndsey Schley
Nani the giant Pacific octopus was euthanized Monday.
Courtesy of Akron Zoo
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One of the popular creatures at the Akron Zoo has died.

Spokesman David Barnhardt says Nani the giant Pacific octopus was euthanized Monday because her health was in decline.

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“Unfortunately, octopuses only live about three years on average," Barnhardt says. "When she came to us, we did not know her specific age and she’d been here two years," Barnhardt says, adding she was "just a really great ambassador for that species, so certainly, we’ll miss her a lot.”

Barnhardt says the zoo already has a replacement. The new octopus has not been named yet but is on exhibit at Nani’s old digs.

He says the new octopus is exploring her new home and seems to be settling in well.

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