Camelia the camel at the Assiniboine Park Zoo dies

On Dec. 6, 2021, the Assiniboine Park Zoo announced a camel named Camelia (pictured) has died. (Source: Assiniboine Park Zoo/ Facebook)

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its long-time residents – a camel named Camelia has died.

The female dromedary camel had been at the zoo for 21 years.

In a post on Facebook Monday afternoon, zoo officials said she had been under veterinary care for several years for a mass on her chest.

"After several surgeries and almost daily treatment of the site she has experienced a significant decrease in muscle mass and has recently become reluctant to participate in her treatment," the post reads.

"Quality of life assessments were conducted by members of the Zoo’s veterinary and animal care teams and a decision was made out of an abundance of compassion and care to humanely euthanize Camelia."

The zoo said the camel will be missed by visitors, volunteers, staff and the team of animal care professionals who had been working with Camelia.