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.

The International Species Information System, which maintains records on captive animals, confirmed that Jenny was the oldest gorilla in its database.

"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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