Bantu: Beloved 24-year-old gorilla dies at Mexico City zoo after ‘suffering a heart attack while being sedated’ in preparation for zoo move

A beloved gorilla at a zoo in Mexico City has died as he was being prepared for transfer to another zoo.

The endangered western lowland gorilla, named Bantu, appeared to have suffered a heart attack after being sedated Wednesday night, according to the capital’s zoo and wildlife office.

Doctors spent 30 minutes trying to revive him.

Mexico City’s beloved gorilla, named Bantu (pictured), died as he was being prepared for transfer to another zoo

The endangered western lowland gorilla appeared to have suffered a heart attack after being sedated Wednesday night, according to the capital’s zoo and wildlife office

The 485-pound (224 kilos) gorilla was headed to the Guadalajara Zoo in western Mexico with the hope of mating with two females there. Officials say the precise cause of death will be established following additional examinations

The 485-pound (224 kilos) gorilla was headed to the Guadalajara Zoo in western Mexico with the hope of mating with two females there. Officials say the precise cause of death will be established following additional examinations

The 485-pound (224 kilos) gorilla was headed to the Guadalajara Zoo in western Mexico with the hope of mating with two females there.

He had failed to mate with three females in the zoo, so zoo officials organized for him to travel to the zoo in the central Mexican city of Guadalajara.

Officials say the precise cause of death will be established following additional examinations.

The 24-year-old gorilla had spent his life at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.




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By Sydney Chesterfield on July 8, 2016 · Posted in Reports, Trends

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