Colchester Zoo: Europe's oldest aardvark dies
Europe's oldest aardvark will be "greatly missed" following his death, a zoo has said.
Colchester Zoo's animal care team had noticed Afer had become less active in recent weeks and a vet was called on 3 June.
The 32-year-old was euthanised after the results of his blood test and his welfare were considered.
The Essex zoo confirmed the death of the father-of-five on its website on 8 June.
Aardvarks are found in savannahs, grasslands, woodlands, and bushlands in Africa and they are nocturnal creatures.