Friday, September 18, 2009

Oregon Zoo Chimp Dies Unexpectedly

charlie chimpCharlie, the patriarch of the Oregon Zoo's chimpanzees, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, zoo officials said.

Charlie was 39 years old.

A volunteer noticed Charlie was in distress around 2 p.m.

Veterinarians and animal-care staff rushed to the scene but four female chimpanzees were surrounding Charlie, zoo officials said in a news release. It took several minutes to get the females away and Charlie was already dead when veterinarians got to him.

"We thought we'd have another 20 years," said Dave Thomas, senior primate keeper. "It's the end of an era and the zoo will never be the same. We have to go on though -- to provide care and support for our remaining females: Delilah, Leah, Coco and Chloe."

Full story here.

1 comment:

Americas Best Zoos author said...

After lots and lots of good news at the Oregon Zoo, this is a sad twist. But it's not anything surprising, as this was an old chimpanzee. Animals die, it's sad to say, so I just hope the animal rights extremists won't try to USE this sad event to further their political agenda.

Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America's Best Zoos