December 21, 2004 |
Police have arrested four suspected poachers and recovered a 3-year-old mountain gorilla that was stolen from its family in the forests of neighboring Congo, a spokesman said. Police detained the men Saturday after a tip that the primate had been smuggled into the border district of Mutura, in Rwanda's northwestern Gisenyi province, said Dismas Rutaganira, who led the police operation. The animal, hidden in a sack, was being taken to unknown buyers in Kenya, Rutaganira said.
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May 19, 2004 |
A 29-year-old gorilla died Tuesday at the San Francisco Zoo, less than two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove his diseased right lung. Kubi, a 422-pound silverback western lowland gorilla, underwent the unprecedented lung procedure May 7. He had been progressing well until Tuesday morning, when keepers said he appeared lethargic and was not eating solid food. He died about 3:30 p.m. Preliminary necropsy results indicated bleeding from an abscessed pulmonary vessel.
November 28, 2004 |
With shutters clicking and cameras rolling, visitors crowded into the indoor "tropical forest" at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo for the debut of its newest celebrity resident: a tiny 3-day-old western lowland gorilla. Kiki the gorilla sauntered between areas of the enclosure with her 4-pound baby tucked under her arm. The baby hadn't been named yet because its gender wasn't yet known.
September 21, 2003 |
Snowflake, an extremely rare albino gorilla and the Barcelona Zoo's most popular resident, is dying of skin cancer and has only months to live, zoo officials say. Since veterinarians broke the news last week, people have been filing by his cage to bid farewell to the Spanish city's mascot, beloved despite his bad temper. Snowflake has been a symbol for Barcelona since he was captured in Equatorial Guinea in 1966 and brought here.
September 29, 2003 |
A restless gorilla broke out of its zoo enclosure, injuring a 2-year-old and a teenager before it was sedated and recaptured almost two hours later, according to zoo officials. The gorilla escaped from Boston's Franklin Park Zoo minutes before it was scheduled to close, according to Zoo New England Chief Executive and President John Linehan. The gorilla injured the young girl and an 18-year-old woman almost immediately after escaping, Linehan said.
November 25, 2003 |
SPAIN Snowflake, an extremely rare albino gorilla and the most popular resident of Barcelona Zoo, has been euthanized because of skin cancer he had since 2001, zoo officials said. They said the gorilla's health deteriorated recently and he showed signs of pain. Snowflake, or Copito de Nieve in Spanish, was thought to be between 38 and 40 years old. The average lifespan in the wild is 25. In his 37 years at the zoo, he fathered 22 offspring, none albino, with three different females.
March 19, 2004 |
Dallas police shot dead a 350-pound gorilla that had escaped from its enclosure and injured three people at the Dallas Zoo. "We were forced to put it down," said police spokesman Danny Garcia. Garcia said two police officers fired at the gorilla when it charged them. Zoo officials said the western lowland male gorilla, named Jabari, was 13 years old. They are investigating how it escaped from its habitat. One woman and two children were treated for scratches and bites, police said.
August 18, 1996 |
A 3-year-old boy who was rescued by a female gorilla when he fell 18 feet into a primate exhibit in Brookfield Zoo was upgraded to serious condition as he recovered from head injuries. The boy initially was considered critical, but "his condition has improved, which is good news," said Mike Maggio, a spokesman for Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. The boy's parents have asked that he not be identified.
February 19, 1991 |
Three western lowland gorillas have reached the San Diego Zoo from the zoo in Philadelphia as part of the national Species Survival Plan, officials said. The Philadelphia Zoo said the move is designed to help increase the population of such gorillas, which are members of an endangered species. Memba, a 21-year-old male, and Alvila, a 26-year-old female, had been on loan from San Diego since June 30, 1989. Also part of the program is 10-year-old Jessica, who was born at the Philadelphia Zoo.
January 11, 1998 |
A 35-year-old lowland gorilla who became a matriarch of other gorillas at the Los Angeles Zoo died after undergoing a physical examination Saturday, zoo officials said. Sandy, who had been sick for two weeks, was anesthetized about 1 p.m. so doctors could give her a battery of tests. The gorilla never awoke and died of heart failure at 2:45 p.m., officials said in a news release. A necropsy will determine the exact cause of death.