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Greensboro Science Center says goodbye to beloved anaconda 'Babs'

Babs spent nearly three decades at the center.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Science Center announced its green anaconda Babalou 'Babs' died on Monday evening.

The anaconda spent nearly 29 years at Greensboro Science Center since arriving in 1993.

"Babalou will leave a snake-sized hole in our hearts," said Aquatics Curator Sarah Halbrend.

The center said Babs' cause of death is being determined. Dr. Sam Young, Greensboro's Science Center's Vice President of Veterinary Health said the anaconda died due to sarcomatoid neoplasm, otherwise known as cancerous tumors in the body. 

"Babalou was well passed life expectancy...the body is not good at repairing itself," Dr. Young said.

Life expectancy for anacondas in domestic care is an estimated 20-30 years.

A histopathology test has been completed to confirm the diagnosis. The results will be available in the following weeks.


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