Report shows zoo chimpanzee died of heart disease

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A necropsy report shows that heart disease caused the death of a longtime Chattanooga Zoo chimpanzee, 42-year-old Hank.

The chimp died in January and the University of Tennessee College of Veternary Medicine's report shows the cause was "heart disease" with fluid buildup.

Zoo Director Dardenelle Long told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the zoo staff "misses Hank every single day."

Hank was donated to the zoo in 1976.

After the chimp's death, federal inspectors found that feeding and care problems at the zoo contributed to four other recent animal deaths there.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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