Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gorilla At Riverbanks Zoo And Garden Dies

gorillaOfficials at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden say a 16-year-old male gorilla has passed away, but they have not yet determined a reason for the animal's death.

The body of 16-year-old Kimya, the youngest of three gorillas that came to Riverbanks in 2004, was found in a holding area early Monday morning.

"It's a sad day at Riverbanks because this was one of our major animals," Lindsay Burke, Communications Specialist for Riverbanks said.

The animal's body will be sent to the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine for a necropsy that will be conducted by exotic animal pathologists. Zoo officials say the ape showed no signs of illness or stress before its body was found.

Kimya was born at the Toledo Zoo in 1994, and was transferred to Riverbanks from the Philadelphia Zoo in 2004 with 25-year-old Chaka and 18-year-old Mike.

Full story here.

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