Monday, November 09, 2009

Gorilla Dies At Topeka Zoo Amid Controversy

gorilla diesThe controversy-plagued Topeka Zoo on Saturday reported another death of an animal at an age below its typical life expectancy.

Zoo director Mike Coker said a necropsy was being conducted to try to determine the cause of death for M'Bili, a male Lowland gorilla who was found dead Saturday morning at the age of 17 years, eight months.

The typical longevity for a Lowland gorilla in captivity is 40 to 50 years, according to Coker.

He said M'Bili hadn't been exhibiting any outward signs of illness or distress before being found deceased by zoo staff about 7:30 a.m. Saturday in his night quarters.

M'Bili was taken by zoo staff to the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where a necropsy was being conducted. Coker said he would release details publicly as soon as he has them.

Full story here.

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