Friday, July 08, 2011

Saint Louis Zoo Chimpanzee Smoke Euthanized

A male chimpanzee who served as the alpha male at the Saint Louis Zoo for more than a decade was humanely euthanized on Wednesday.

The veterinary staff at the zoo found Smoke was suffering from inflammation and infection from his body had moved to his abdomen.

Smoke arrived from the Philadelphia Zoo in January 1994 to foster young chimps Hugo, Jimmy and Mlinzi. Even though Hugo eventually claimed the alpha male role, Smoke seemed more relaxed afterwards, and he continued to play games with Hugo.

Full story here.

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