The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chimpanzee, Betty Dies at 35 YO

ASHEBORO — A 35-year-old female chimpanzee died Thursday morning at the North Carolina Zoo while under treatment for heart problems.

Betty was one of the oldest animals in the zoo’s chimpanzee troop, which includes 12 other members, according to a news release. Betty was found to be lethargic, trembling and nauseated when keepers arrived about 7 a.m.

Zoo veterinarians were called in and transferred the chimp to the park’s Hanes Veterinary Medical Center, where she was placed under anesthesia to determine the cause of the problem. Zoo Chief Veterinarian Dr. Mike Loomis said the chimp went into cardiac arrest while on the examination table.

The veterinary staff used CPR to restart the chimp’s heart twice, but after a third cardiac failure the animal died. A necropsy, or animal autopsy, performed Thursday afternoon revealed the chimp had suffered from blood clots in the pulmonary veins, Loomis stated in the release.

Betty was transferred from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., to the N.C. Zoo in September 1979. She gave birth to a female offspring, Amy, in December 1983. Amy remains at the N.C. Zoo and along with the other members of the chimpanzee troop showed no signs of illness Thursday.


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