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The end of an era

‘Grandpa Nemo’ calls it a day at Suphan Buri aquarium after 20 years

ANN/THE NATION – After two decades of devoted service, the cherished mascot known as “Grandpa Nemo” bid a heartfelt goodbye to fans at the Bueng Chawak Aquarium in Suphan Buri province, Thailand.

To honour his retirement, a festive farewell party was arranged, complete with Lunar New Year festivities and a lively parade featuring 10 dancing mascots.

The ceremony marking “Grandpa Nemo’s” departure signifies the conclusion of an era, during which he brought joy to audiences for 20 years.

Recognising the toll time had taken on the mascot costume, it was decided to introduce new mascots to keep the experience fresh for visitors.

In a touching procession, “Grandpa Nemo” made his way out of the aquarium, passing under bamboo arches, to bid farewell to local dignitaries and receive flowers and souvenirs. He then took a moment to say goodbye to his adoring fans before retiring to the aquarium.

Throughout the day, families flocked to the freshwater aquarium to enjoy animal shows and capture memories with the mascots.

A mascot known as ‘Grandpa Nemo’ applauded as he makes his way out of the Bueng Chawak Aquarium in Thailand. PHOTOS: THE NATION
Different mascots at the Bueng Chawak Aquarium