Thursday, December 17, 2009

N.C. Zoo Loses Second Gorilla To Cancer This Week

katie the gorillaFor the second time in as many days, a gorilla undergoing treatment for cancer was euthanized after zoo veterinarians said her health had dramatically deteriorated.

Katie, a 36-year-old female gorilla, was euthanized shortly before noon Wednesday by veterinarians at the zoo's Hanes Veterinary Medical center. Katie had been at the North Carolina Zoo since July 1989 after being transferred from the San Diego Zoo.

On Tuesday, zoo vets decided to euthanize Donna, a 42-year-old female gorilla, after more than two-and-a-half years of cancer treatment.

Katie's condition deteriorated rapidly on Tuesday," said chief veterinarian Dr. Mike Loomis. "She had stopped eating and would not respond to keepers."

Katie was diagnosed with non-operable cancer in her reproductive tract last May. Vets had been trying to use radiation therapy to shrink the tumor, but found that the tumor had grown.

Full story here.

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