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Zoo Atlanta mourns death of gorilla

POSTED: August 23, 2012 9:00 a.m.

ATLANTA — A 50-year-old gorilla who became a beloved figure at Zoo Atlanta has died, zoo officials said Tuesday.

Ivan, a male western lowland gorilla, never regained consciousness after he was put under general anesthesia Monday for a diagnostic assessment, Zoo Atlanta said. The zoo says the geriatric ape had recently lost weight, seemed to lack an appetite and had a respiratory illness.

“When it became obvious that our efforts to modify his diet and his existing medication regimen were not resulting in significant improvement, it was necessary to perform a diagnostic procedure to determine the underlying causes of Ivan's condition,” said Hayley Murphy, director of veterinary services.

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