Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Zoo Atlanta Orangutan Dies From Respiratory Issues

jt orangutnZoo Atlanta officials say a 20-year-old Sumatran orangutan has died after suffering from a long-term respiratory illness.

Dwight Lawson, senior vice president of collections at the zoo, said the animal - known as J.T. - died Thursday night after a battle with chronic respiratory infections for the last decade. Respiratory infections are a common cause of death in orangutans.

J.T. was born at Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center in 1989 and came to Zoo Atlanta three years later.

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