Media Release: Piper the meerkat passes


ST Andrews Aquarium is today mourning the sad loss of Piper, the first meerkat born to Kate and Wills at the aquarium.

In recent weeks, Piper had demonstrated signs that he was suffering from malformation of the joints in his front legs.

Acting on veterinary advice that Piper was likely to be experiencing considerable pain – which was expected to worsen rather than improve – Aquarium bosses made the difficult decision to say goodbye to this much-loved member of the Aquarium family.

Piper, who was born on 2nd March, had become quite a celebrity in his short life.

Commanding many column inches, as well as YouTube notoriety, for his noble position as Kate and Wills’ first born.

John Mace, manager of St Andrews Aquarium, commented: “Piper is going to be very sadly missed by all of us. We are all terribly, terribly sad at his loss. He was quite a little character, very noisy and everyone who came to see him just thought he was adorable. He has certainly left his mark on St Andrews Aquarium and he will be remembered by staff and visitors for years to come.”

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