Friday, September 25, 2009

Titus Likely Died From Wounds

gorilla titusTitus, a famous ape known widely as the "Gorilla King," likely died of complications from wounds he received in a fight with another dominant gorilla, according to the veterinarian who led the post-death examination.

Titus was featured in the Dian Fossey biopic, "Gorillas in the Mist." Veterinarian Jan Ramer's revelation in an exclusive interview with The Des Moines Register replaces early reports from tourism officials that Titus had died of old age on Sept. 14.

His death cast a pall across the Virunga Mountains area. He was buried near Fossey, the primatologist who named him, at the Karisoke Research Center.

Scientists said the fact that Titus died a natural death and not at the hands of poachers shows that conservation efforts are working.

Full story here.

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