NEWPORT, Ky. (WDRB) - Officials at the Newport Aquarium say the oldest animal at the facility- an alligator snapping turtle - died Tuesday.

According to a news release, the turtle was estimated to be about 150 years old.

Thunder was discovered in a Louisiana seafood market in the late 1990’s when it was legal to take alligator snapping turtles from the wild for commerce.  She was rescued because of her size, and sent to a Missouri farm where Newport Aquarium found her.  At the aquarium, she spent most of her time in exhibits near Gator Alley and most recently in Canyon Falls. 

The turtle had lived at the aquarium since it opened in 1999.

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