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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell endorsed Gov. Neil Abercrombie for re-election on Monday morning, stressing their good working relationship.

In a staged photo-op, the governor and mayor greeted each other in the middle of a crosswalk on Punchbowl Street, perhaps symbolizing their ability to reach “middle ground” on issues.

Civil Beat photographer PF Bentley was there to get the shots:

Gov. Abercrombie and Mayor Caldwell hug on the Hawaii State Capitol grounds after the Mayor endorsed Abercrombie for re-election as governor on July 21, 2014.

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It’s a sad day for zookeepers and the Honolulu Zoo’s sole remaining hippopotamus.

On Friday morning, Rosey, one of two female hippos, was found dead of unknown causes, according to a press release from Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office.

A necropsy is scheduled for the hippo next week.

The hippo exhibit is closed indefinitely as Rosey’s body is removed.

Meanwhile, “zoologists will be monitoring and comforting the remaining hippopotamus during this traumatic time,” according to the press releasee.

Rosey was 3,000 pounds and 25-years old.

Hippo at the Honolulu Zoo.