Thursday, March 11, 2010

Endangered Monkey Dies At Chattanooga Zoo

tamarinChattanooga Zoo staff members announced Wednesday the death of Maya, the cotton-top tamarin born in May, a news release said.

The extremely endangered monkey’s birth in captivity was widely publicized last summer.

But after staff noticed that Maya seemed to lose her balance a few days ago, the veterinarian who first treated the monkey did blood work and X-rays to determine what was making her sick. The tests were inconclusive.

After taking her to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Veterinarian School, personnel discovered that Maya developed cryptococcus neoformans, a fungus that lives in both plants and animals. The fungus often is difficult to diagnose until symptoms are too advanced to treat, officials said.

Full story here.

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