Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Topeka Zoo's Gorilla Died Of Aneurysm

gorillaThe Topeka Zoo's male gorilla died "from a rupture of an aortic aneurysm," zoo director Mike Coker said Monday afternoon.

M'Bili was found dead Saturday morning in his enclosure. Coker said the 17-year-old gorilla hadn't been exhibiting any outward signs of illness or distress.

Kansas State University veterinarians conducted a necrospy -- or animal autopsy -- during the weekend, and the results were released Monday. An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the heart wall, and a rupture causes internal bleeding.

Histiopathy results, such as blood work and organ sample tests, are pending.

Full story here.

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