Monday, November 12, 2007

Chimp at Little Rock Zoo Dies

Officials say an elderly chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo died after suffering from congestive heart failure and other maladies.

Zoo keepers say they found Kim dead in her favorite hammock bed Thursday night. They say a necropsy found a large, likely cancerous tumor in her stomach.

Records estimate Kim, caught in the wild in Africa, likely was born in 1961, though zoo keepers say she was likely older. She had lived at the zoo since 1969.

She gave birth to a male chimp named Gomez while in captivity. Gomez now lives at the Sedgewick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

Story here.

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