male Pacific walrus (O. r. divergens)
wild caught on July 15th, 1987
deceased on May 22nd, 2010
Ancestors and Descendants
No known related animals.
The dates listed here generally represent the time at which the measurements were published, not necessarily the date on which they were taken.
1988-Apr-03: 250 lb
No images available at this time.
Notes and Information
I have found conflicting information regarding Brutus' capture date and transfer to Indianapolis; contrary to the information listed on his page here, one source states that he was captured in May of 1987 and arrived at Indianapolis on October 30th, 2003.
Brutus was being housed at SeaWorld Aurora when it was sold to Six Flags; he was brought under ownership of the company as well, and remained at the facility during its transition into Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.
Brutus was sent to the Indianapolis Zoo on breeding loan in 2003, to mate with their 8 year old females, Sitka and Aurora; when Worlds of Adventure was once again sold to another company in 2004, Indianapolis became Brutus's permanent home, with Six Flags retaining ownership of him.
As Indianapolis's young bull, Nereus, was getting closer to maturity, it had been decided to transfer Brutus to the Pittsburgh Zoo to stock their recently built walrus exhibit; unfortunately, Brutus passed away weeks before he was to be moved.
2018-Jan-08. Lisa Oland. AZA Regional Studbook.
2012-Apr-17. Pittsburgh Zoo (Personal communication with Matt Juskowich).
2005-Dec. Erin Tschida. Guidelines and Other Tips for Excelling at a Marine Mammal Internship. Retrieved from CardinalScholar.BSU.edu.
2005-Apr-25. Jodie Baker. 2004 North American Regional Walrus Studbook.
1988-Apr-03. The Pittsburgh Press. Aquatic. Retrieved from Newspapers.com.