Monday, May 18, 2009

Great Ape Trust Bonobo Nathan Dies Of Lymphoma

nathan bonoboNathan, an 8-year-old bonobo and resident of the Great Ape Trust, died Friday of lymphoma, officials at the southeast Des Moines research center said Saturday.

The trust is dedicated in part to learning about humans by studying bonobos, our closest animal relatives.

Many staff members returned to the trust to grieve on Saturday.

"We humans who work at the Great Ape Trust grieve this loss like we would someone else important to us, whether human or nonhuman," said Operations Director Jim Aipperspach.

Nathan's mother, Panbanisha, 27, and brother Nyota, 12, are among a close-knit group of bonobos at the facility.

Aipperspach said the two apes were worried on Friday when Nathan left the facility to be diagnosed at Iowa State University's Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. He died under sedation on the return trip.

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