Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gorilla dies over weekend at Calgary Zoo

Despite the efforts of veterinarians and keepers, a popular lowland gorilla at the Calgary Zoo has died.

Tabitha, who was born in Toronto in November of 1980, was diagnosed with an abscess on the right side of her brain at eight months of age.

As a result, she suffered partial paralysis on her left side.

Despite some improvement, Tabitha's left arm remained paralyzed and she suffered several seizures each year.

Tabitha suffered an attack last week, and again on the weekend.

She died Saturday despite efforts to resuscitate her, and a preliminary autopsy indicates she had pronounced swelling and fluid on the right side of her brain.

Story here.

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