Lisa, the “widowed” mate of the late gorilla Max, has died, the Johannesburg Zoo announced yesterday.
“We regret to announce that she passed away today (Wednesday) while under anaesthetic at 3.30pm,” the zoo said in a statement.
Lisa had been undergoing surgery to examine a lump next to her breast.
The zoo said surgery of this nature was high risk to a gorilla aged 35. A postmortem would be conducted.
Lisa came to the Johannesburg Zoo from Moscow Zoo, and was the life-long partner of “crime-fighter” Max.
Max made headlines by helping to catch an armed robber who jumped into the primates’ enclosure in the late 1990s.