Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Youppi, Rare Orange Lobster, Dies

MONTREAL - It wasn't boiling water but possibly a variation in temperature in his saltwater tank that wound up cooking Youpi, the celebrity lobster.

Plans are underway now to celebrate the short, mostly uneventful life of the sea creature whose beady, unblinking eyes warmed the hearts of Canadians, some of whom perhaps dreamed only of seeing him on their plate.

He earned minor national fame, grabbing news headlines for the genetic defect that turned him a bright orange — a one-in-10-million hue for a living lobster.

An afficionado of pretty much any shrimp that was fed to him, the three-pound Youpi became a truly heavenly lobster on Nov. 4.

"It could have been a variation in temperature" in his tank, said Guylaine Frechette, director of the nature centre that gave him a home. She added that the exact cause of his demise hasn't been determined.

But Youpi won't be forgotten.

He'll be celebrated in a year-long sendoff with the lobster laid out on display, allowing people to pay their respects — or just to learn something about lobsters.

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