The Philadelphia Zoo's AJ the aardvark has died.
He was 28.
We're saddened to announce AJ, our beloved male aardvark passed away due to heart failure. AJ was 28 yrs old & the oldest aardvark in the US pic.twitter.com/XYznTsXaz1
— Philadelphia Zoo (@phillyzoo) January 11, 2017
According to zoo's websites, aardvarks, which are found in regions of sub-Saharan Africa, typically live into their upper teens or early twenties.
Sunshine, a 12-year-old female aardvark who came from the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama in 2006, shares an exhibit with meerkats in the Small Mammal House.