Tobu Zoo, the home of Grape-kun and Hululu shared some tragic news: Grape-kun has passed away. Grape-kun was 21 years old.
— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) October 13, 2017
“Grape-kun the Humboldt penguin passed away yesterday. We would like to thank everyone for supporting him. And Hululu, thank you for watching over him to the very end. And Grape-kun, thank you for a long time together. Rest in peace in Heaven.”
Zookeepers were planning on throwing a “Fall Grape Festival” on November 11th and November 25th so visitors can celebrate Grape-kun and his love for Hululu. Tobu Zoo hasn’t stated if they will have new plans on those dates.
Two days ago, Grape-kun and Hululu were removed from the penguin pen after his zookeepers found him in poor health.
Grape-kun gained international attention for displaying his love towards a cardboard cutout of Kemono Friends character Hululu. The cutout was displayed in Tobu Zoo’s penguin pen as part of a Kemono Friends collaboration event in April 2017.
Hululu’s cutout became a permanent fixture at Tobu Zoo after legions of fans, including Hululu’s voice actress, expressed their love for Grape-kun’s cute displays affection. The pair were briefly separated during a typhoon, but Tobu Zoo reassured fan’s that they were together during Grape-kun’s final moments.
Fans have been sharing their condolences and thanking Grape-kun for giving them happy memories:
— Prinz (プリンツ) (@anwo60m) October 13, 2017
I'M SO SAD, GRAPE-KUN HAS PASSED AWAY.
AT LEAST HIS WAIFU WATCHED OVER HIM UNTIL THE VERY END.
I LOVE YOU GRAPE-KUN T_T https://t.co/My9fNwDKVK
— Jake Caprino (@Swaps4) October 13, 2017
grape-kun passed away from old age, and we can confidently say that he lived a very fulfilling live
rest in peace
— フォス@角森ロナ支配人フォーエバー (@Phosphatide) October 13, 2017
Grape-kun is trending at #1, and received a eulogy from Kemono Friends voice actress Chikuta Ikuko.
No funerary schedule announced yet. pic.twitter.com/8ybTX36OhI
— Best Mom Eva (@mombot) October 13, 2017
>grape-kun passed away pic.twitter.com/ch9O3asGEF
— NISA gets Sen III (@mrfeelswildride) October 13, 2017
And now for a moment of silence for Grape-Kun who died yesterday pic.twitter.com/tKAQX6mhoD
— Pixelbuster (@PixelMatt64) October 13, 2017
You are with her now Grape-kun pic.twitter.com/mvvyCblnW1
— GOOD VIBRATIONS (@2Dnot3D) October 13, 2017
It's sad that grape-kun passed away, but I think it's really amazing that he had an impact on so many people
Kemono friends was amazing
— I am a Maid who loves to drink Beer (@kiramekirariin) October 13, 2017
RIP Grape-kun and thanks for everything pic.twitter.com/5mlrzfxBVf
— Dizzy Ziddy (@dizzy_ziddy) October 13, 2017
Grape-kun's story was absurd, beautiful, inspiring, and life-affirming. It was pure and silly and that's what I loved about it.
— vestenet, with a gun (@vestenet) October 13, 2017
Grape-kun and Hululu brought joy to many people this past year. What are your favorite memories of them?