Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Female Gorilla Dies After Seizures At Zoo In Ohio

An Ohio zoo is in mourning over the death of a popular female gorilla thought to be 46 years old.

Officials at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say Lulu died Monday after suffering seizures that began Saturday. The zoo says the western lowland gorilla had not previously shown signs of illness, besides arthritis.

The animal equivalent of an autopsy is being performed.

Zoo President Dale Schmidt said in a statement Tuesday that Lulu was a zoo favorite known for her pink tongue that was perpetually sticking out.

Lulu was born in Africa and brought to New York's Central Park Zoo in 1966 when she was approximately 2 years old. The gorilla later moved to the Bronx Zoo, then came to Columbus in 1984.

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