An ape from a Des Moines research center has died -- right before he was supposed to undergo surgery to repair a hernia.
Scientists at the Great Ape Trust say P-Suke (PEACE-kay) was placed under anesthesia yesterday (Thursday) and taken to an animal hospital for dental x-rays.
But as health care workers were preparing to transfer P-Suke to Des Moines University for surgery, they noticed his condition had deteriorated. Attempts to reverse his condition failed.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine why the 27-year-old bonobo died.
P-Suke arrived last year in Des Moines from Georgia State University. He was the father of four of the seven remaining bonobos at Great Ape Trust.