ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo announced Monday that Maggie, the 46-yr-previous matriarch of the chimpanzee troop, was humanely euthanized Friday after a period of declining well being.
Maggie lived a full life for her species — feminine chimpanzees sometimes reside for about forty years, zoo officers stated in a information launch.
Maggie was one of many zoo’s longest residents. Together with her passing, all of the members of the zoo’s unique chimp troop that opened the habitat in 1980 at the moment are gone. She was the alpha, or dominant, female of the troop for greater than 35 years.
With Maggie’s passing, zookeepers anticipate that chimp Ruby, 22, will turn into the subsequent alpha female.
Maggie arrived on the zoo in 1980 from Pure Bridge Zoo In Virginia. Her daughter Bea, born in 1987, now lives at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.
“Maggie’s health had been slowly declining over the past week,” stated the Zoo’s Director of Animal Health Dr. Jb Minter.
Dr. Minter further defined: “During a better examination it was decided she had developed signs of sepsis and extreme peritonitis (an infection of the liner of the stomach wall) from a perforation in her giant intestines. Because of her advanced age, the severity of the illness and problems associated with the publish-surgical care of this situation, the animal care and veterinary groups made the troublesome determination to euthanize Maggie.”
Maggie’s body was introduced to the chimpanzee troop so they might observe the dying and mourn the loss.
Jennifer Campbell, one among her keepers for 14 years, described Maggie as a robust drive in the chimp troop.
“She acted like she was too robust to care concerning the humans who cared for her, however one time she let her guard down and let me play together with her toes,” Campbell stated.
She added: “Being allowed to tickle her toes until she laughed was one of many highlights of my profession here as a result of it made me feel so particular. I all the time admired her bossiness and her unwillingness to take any nonsense from anyone. She was one in every of a sort.”
“All of us on the North Carolina Zoo are grieving her loss,” stated Zoo Director Pat Simmons. “Our dedicated and experienced animal keeper and veterinary groups gave her the most effective care. Her commanding presence shall be sorely missed by our employees and friends.”