Maki was the mother of Nori, who was born last August.
Maki was undergoing a thorough physical exam conducted on the zoo’s chimpanzees every year, according to a news release. Keepers and veterinarians also believed that the female chimp had an abscessed tooth that needed attention.
“We had completed the exam and she was stable and had been transferred (from the zoo’s Hanes Veterinary Medical Center) back to chimpanzee holding,” Zoo senior veterinarian Dr. Mike Loomis stated in the release. “She appeared to be coming out of anesthesia fine and then she just crashed. We don’t know why at this time."
An animal autopsy was being conducted Friday afternoon.
Maki was born at the N.C. Zoo in March 1994 and gained notoriety in August when she gave birth to the first baby chimp born at the N.C. Zoo in 12 years.
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