Wednesday, August 11, 2010

St. Louis Zoo Orangutan Dies Unexpectedly

The Saint Louis Zoo's adult male orangutan Juara died unexpectedly on August 3rd. The orangutan was brought to the Zoo's veterinary hospital at 9 a.m. for a complete physical. This is a procedure the Zoo does every 3-4 years for adult apes. The examination went well, and Juara was returned to Jungle of the Apes at approximately 11 a.m. where he was continually monitored by veterinarians and caretakers through 7:15 p.m.

Juara was slow to wake up after the physical exam. His breathing and other vital signs were normal. The results of the necropsy have not come in. The St. Louis Zoo believes that Juara experienced respiratory arrest following anesthesia.

Full story here.

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