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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Little Rock Zoo's 46-year-old orangutan dies

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 2:38 PM

click to enlarge CHIQUITA: Dies at 46. - LR ZOO
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The Little Rock Zoo announced today the death of its 46-year-old orangutan due to renal failure. The female great ape, known as Chiquita, had been at the zoo since 2006.

The average female orangutan  lives almost 34 years in a zoo. Zoo release:

Zoo staff observed abnormal behavior from Chiquita in the last month and noticed that she was not eating.

Chiquita began losing weight at a rapid pace, so Zoo veterinary staff conducted medical tests showing that Chiquita was in renal failure. Medical staff administered her fluids and closely monitored her, but Chiquita’s condition only worsened.

Chiquita was born at the Toledo Zoo in 1969 and was transferred to the Little Rock Zoo to be a companion to Rok, the Zoo’s 30-year-old male orangutan. The Zoo is working with the Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to find a new female companion for Rok.

Chiquita made headlines in 2013 when a team of Little Rock surgeons performed laparoscopic surgery on her to repair an umbilical hernia and remove a benign mass on 

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