Monday, January 17, 2011

Little Rock Zoo Loses Two Infant Chimps

The Little Rock zoo announced Wednesday two infant chimpanzees have died. The chimps were born on December 26th, with one being stillborn, the other dying a few days later. The second chimp was thought to be nursing, but necropsy results showed it wasn’t, even though there was never any indication something was wrong. Both were born to a 40-year-old chimp named Judy, who zoo staff says has had birthing problems in the past. Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui says because of the chimp’s troubled past, she will no longer be allowed to breed.

“We are now going to be permanently sterilizing Judy, so she will have a tubal ligation. We had had her on birth control pills before, [but] there were a few days where she refused to take her pill, and that was how she became pregnant. So we think permanent sterilization is the only way to prevent it in the future.”

Despite several animal deaths over the past few years, Altrui says the Little Rock zoo is very safe, and is remains accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Full story here.

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