Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bill The Chimp Dies At 62

bill the chimpBill the Chimp, Sequoia Park Zoo's most well-known resident, died late Tuesday night after a long illness, zoo officials said. He was 62.

Zoo manager Gretchen Ziegler had been saying for several days that Bill wasn't expected to live. He suffered from a lung infection. She said they made him as comfortable as possible.

According to a press release, Bill was euthanised at 6:56 p.m.

”We're not going to let him suffer needlessly,” Kelley-Day said early in the day.

Bill had been sleeping or resting most of Tuesday, Ziegler said, in between visits from veterinarian Jeff Kelley-Day who has been overseeing his medical care.

Due to pain medication and a semi-comatose state, Bill wasn't in pain, Kelley-Day said.

The chimpanzee, who would have celebrated his 50th year at the Sequoia Park Zoo come July, had been under near round-the-clock observation. Ziegler said staff had been present late into the night and returned early in the morning.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of his symptoms, then his body will be shipped to University of California, Santa Cruz, for further study.

The zoo will reopen today. A memorial service is being planned.

Story here.

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Mi nombre es Johnny Cake. said...

Even though I'm sure Bill's life was not the most exciting one that he could have led it was an honor to grow old with him in Eureka. He even go to meet Jane Goodall a month or so ago.

Thanks for the memories Bill (even if most of them were from your poo-flinging days).

Dorthey said...

I really will miss bill. my best friend is the zoo keeper in eureka and she called me in austraila to break the news. he was truely a great chimp. rest in peace bill.