Monday, April 24, 2006

Second chimp from Ohio dies in San Antonio

A second chimpanzee moved to a Texas animal sanctuary after Ohio State University decided to close a research center has died, the university said Friday.

The 16-year-old male, named Bobby, was found dead in his enclosure Thursday. No cause of death was immediately determined, and the results of an examination of the body won't be available for about two weeks, the university said in a release.

Bobby was one of nine chimps moved to Primarily Primates in San Antonio after Ohio State decided to close the center where the animals were taught basic counting and letters.

In March, a 35-year-old male named Kermit died of a heart attack a day after arriving at the sanctuary.

Caretakers noticed Bobby seemed unwell Wednesday and had scheduled a visit with a veterinarian for Thursday, the university said. The remaining chimpanzees appear healthy.

The primates were moved after Ohio State officials said the campus chimpanzee center was closing due to a lack of funds. The university is paying $324,000 to build a facility at Primarily Primates and will provide an endowment for the chimps' care.

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