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Ozzie the world's oldest male gorilla, 61, found dead in zoo months after Covid-19 fight

gorilla, at age 61.The oldest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia and the third-oldest in the world, Ozzie was found dead by his care team on January 25, the team said in a statement. Specialist teams had been treating him in the 24 hours prior to his death when he presented symptoms including facial swelling, weakness, and an inability to eat or drink.

However, his cause of death is not yet known.The zoo said his downturn started last Thursday when he began to exhibit decreased appetite. That's when the Animal Care and Veterinary Teams started providing him with ''supportive care to encourage him to eat and drink.''“This is a devastating loss for Zoo Atlanta.

While we knew this time would come someday, that inevitability does nothing to stem the deep sadness we feel at losing a legend,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO.

“Ozzie’s life’s contributions are indelible, in the generations of individuals he leaves behind in the gorilla population and in the world’s body of knowledge in the care of his species. ''Our thoughts are with his care team, who have lost a part of their lives and a part of their hearts.”Ozzie was the only surviving member of the original generation of gorillas who arrived at Zoo Atlanta with the opening of The Ford African Rain Forest in 1988.Ozzie is survived by daughter Kuchi; sons Kekla, Stadi, and Charlie; granddaughter Lulu; great-granddaughter Andi, and great-grandson Floyd, all of whom live at Zoo Atlanta.He was diagnosed with Covid-19 this past September.

The results of Ozzie's animal autopsy are due imminently.

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gorilla, at age 61.The oldest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia and the third-oldest in the world, Ozzie was found dead by his care team on January 25, the team said in a statement. Specialist teams had been treating him in the 24 hours prior to his death when he presented symptoms including facial swelling, weakness, and an inability to eat or drink.
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