September 6, 2008

Oldest Gorilla Jenny Dies

THE oldest living gorilla in captivity has died at her home in the US.

Dallas Zoo spokesman Sean Greene said today that Jenny was put down at the age of 55 because of an inoperable tumour in her stomach.

Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and zoo officials decided to put her to sleep last night after test results showed she was unlikely to recover.

She was one of five gorillas at the zoo.

Gorillas in the wild normally would live to age 30 or 35, experts say. Of the roughly 360 gorillas in North American zoos, only four are over 50.

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