September 8, 2008
Out of the Ordinary – Oldest Captive Gorilla Dies at 55
DALLAS - The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo - her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said Friday.
Zoo officials euthanized Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach.
"We had a tough time saying goodbye," said Todd Bowsher, curator of the zoo's mammals in the Wilds of Africa exhibit.
Jenny, a Western lowland gorilla, was born in the wild and was acquired by the zoo in 1957.
Originally published by Associated Press .
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