Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rest in Peace Gordy

The Como Zoo lost a wonderful animal last week when Gordy the gorilla died unexpectedly. Gordy was 23 years old. The morning of 19 April, he was acting normal, eating his breakfast in holding while the primate keepers cleaned the gorilla exhibit. After a routine weekly meeting with our veterinarian, zoo keepers went to let the animals into their exhibits when they found Gordy unresponsive. Attempts at CPR, an injection of epinephrine, and the application of an AED (automated electronic defibrulator) all proved unsuccessful to revive Gordy. He was taken to the University of Minnesota for a necropsy to determine the cause of death and results are still pending. The remaining gorillas are doing well although they have been looking for Gordy. The zoo keepers are still in shock from the loss.

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