Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Male Gorilla Dies At Little Rock Zoo

jj gorillaJJ, a male silverback western lowland gorilla at the Little Rock Zoo, has died at the age of 21 of a suspected heart condition.

The zoo says JJ, short for Jungle Jack, died Sunday morning in his exhibit. Earlier this year, an echocardiogram revealed that JJ was living with congestive heart failure, a disease common in adult male great apes. Zoo veterinarian Marilynn Baeyens says the gorilla's heart was only working at 10% of capacity.

Baeyens says she suspects JJ's heart condition led to his death, and that a necropsy will be conducted.

JJ was born at the Columbus Zoo and had been living at the Little Rock Zoo for the past 15 years.

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1 comment:

darling sapphire said...

I never metJJ. in person but