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Navy Athletics | August 17, 2016

Navy's mascot Bill XXXV dies after struggle with health

  Bill XXXV, Navy's mascot, died after facing complications with his health.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Naval Academy is sending solemn news to midshipmen, alumni and the community today that one of the beloved Navy mascots, Bill XXXV (35), has moved-on to greener pastures.

Bill 35 had a history of medical problems soon after the Naval Academy acquired him in August 2015. According to the goat’s caretakers*, he had suffered from idiopathic edema and related disorders, which appear to be caused by chronic kidney weakness. Bill 35’s most recent illness began several days ago, and he was taken to the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. for care and treatment August 16. 

“Due to pain and suffering caused by his condition and a low likelihood of improvement, doctors there determined the best and most humane course of action would be euthanization,” the caretaker said.

Memorial arrangements have not been announced. Bill 35 is survived by his brother, Bill 36 and recently retired Bill 33 and 34 (donated in 2007). The remaining Bills and their caretakers are not available for comment or interviews during this time of mourning and sadness.

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