Monday, November 14, 2005

Chimpanzee dies at Grand Rapids zoo following routine dental surgery

A 26-year-old chimpanzee has died at the John Ball Zoo after having a tooth pulled.

The male chimp _ named Jo Mendi _ stopped breathing yesterday while he was recovering from the removal of a chipped canine tooth that was bothering him. Staff spent at least a half hour trying to revive him.

Jo Mendi was the dominant male among a group of six chimps the John Ball Zoo acquired from the Detroit Zoo in 2001. The others visited Jo Mendi's body before it was taken to Michigan State University for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.


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