Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chimp Dies At Albuquerque Zoo

A 37-year-old female chimpanzee has died at the Albuquerque zoo.

Bernice was euthanized Monday after a short illness. She was one of nine chimps, including her 9-year-old daughter, who joined the Rio Grande Zoo in May 2002 from the Coulston Research Foundation, a former biomedical research facility.

Zoo officials returned Bernice's body to the zoo's chimpanzee building to allow the other animals to know she had died. They displayed a variety of behaviors, including screaming and anger. Some hugged each other and gently touched her.

A necropsy is pending but zoo veterinarians believe she died from heart disease.

They said Bernice had a blood clot in her heart, and part of it broke off to cause a condition that made one of her legs wither. Treatment wasn't possible.

Full story here.

1 comment:

Traub Motorcycle Detective said...

That was nice that the keepers returned the body to the group so the group would understand that she had died.