Thursday, October 22, 2009

Second Primate Dies At Toledo Zoo This Week

elaine the gorillaA second great ape at the Toledo Zoo has died within a week.

Both were well beyond their life expectancy.

The zoo announced Wednesday morning that Elaine, a 42-year-old female gorilla, died early Tuesday afternoon after having an intermittent dry cough and loss of appetite over the weekend. She also was trembling, lethargic, and had difficulty breathing.

A necropsy performed on Tuesday revealed abnormalities in the adrenal glands, kidneys and lungs. Further tests are pending to determine the significance of the lesions, the zoo said.

Officials were initially encouraged by her response to treatment. But she was "minimally responsive" on Tuesday morning and died during recovery after being immobilized for an examination, the zoo said.

Full story here.

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