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Male gorilla dies at Milwaukee County Zoo

April 13, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A male gorilla has died at the Milwaukee County Zoo after experiencing some health problems.

Zoo officials say 31-year-old Cassius died sometime Thursday night. His exact cause of death is unknown. But in recent days he had not been interested in food or water.

An exam found his heart might not have been fully contracting, and he experienced decreased liver and kidney function. Full exam results will be available in coming weeks.

Cassius was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and arrived in Milwaukee in 1998.

He was the father of the zoo’s most recent gorilla baby, Zahra, and was part of Zahra’s family group. Zoo officials say the group will be monitored closely and won’t be on exhibit for some time.

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