Monday, May 16, 2005

Ape's arm amputated at Lincoln Park Zoo in latest animal problem

Lincoln Park Zoo had to amputate the arm of a small ape -- in the latest problem at a zoo that's been the target of protests.
Zoo officials say the young male gibbon broke its arm reaching through a mesh barrier to grab food tossed to it by a zoo patron. Zoo spokeswoman Kelly McGrath says the amputation was done to save the ape's life.

The gibbon has recovered and could be seen swinging from its remaining arm at an indoor exhibit as nearly 200 protesters gathered at the zoo yesterday.

The demonstration was organized after three endangered Francois langur monkeys died following their recent move to a new exhibit. Two elephants, two gorillas and a camel have also died at the zoo since October.

Story here.

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