Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Brookfield Zoo Saddened by Loss of Western Lowland Gorilla

Brookfield Zoo is saddened to announce the loss of Babs, a 30-year-old western lowland gorilla who died today, Dec. 7, of kidney failure. Keeper staff first noticed changes in her behavior in mid-August that indicated she wasn't feeling well. The zoo's veterinary staff identified kidney problems and worked with pathologists from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and specialists from Loyola Medical Center to perform additional diagnostic tests. They confirmed that Babs' kidneys were not functioning properly. Prior to this, Babs had no major health problems.

Press release here.

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