Indianapolis Zoo announces death of female orangutan

Photo of Kim, an orangutan who died Tuesday at the age of 39. (Photo: Indianapolis Zoo)
Orangutan at Indianapolis Zoo dies
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indianapolis Zoo is mourning the loss of another animal.

The zoo said their 39-year-old orangutan named Kim died of respiratory disease Tuesday. She was rescued from a Mississippi zoo and came to the Indianapolis Zoo in 2016 with her infant son, Max.

Yesterday was a very difficult day for us. Kim, our rescued 39-year-old orangutan, died. A necropsy (animal equivalent...

Posted by Indianapolis Zoo on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Both Kim and Max were in "poor condition" when they came to Indianapolis, the zoo posted on Facebook, but Kim was obese with respiratory symptoms and Max was failing to thrive. While Kim lost weight and improved, her respiratory condition remained.

Max, who will be 3 this month, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but the zoo staff said he is on daily medication and is thriving. He has built a bond with Knobi, another adult female orangutan at the zoo who has become a surrogate mother for him.

"Today, we remember Kim fondly as a sweet and gentle orangutan. She will be missed," the zoo posted.

Last month, the zoo lost a male lion named Nyack who died after he was injured during a fight with a lioness at the zoo.

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