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Indianapolis Zoo mourns death of 42-year-old orangutan Knobi

The zoo said Knobi started declining early this past week.
Credit: Indianapolis Zoo
Knobi, a 42-year-old orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo, passed away Friday, April 22, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo announced the death of one of its orangutans on Friday.

The zoo said 42-year-old orangutan Knobi started declining early this past week. It said the care team tried to make Knobi as comfortable as possible and spend as much time with her as they could.

"Knobi was a remarkable and wonderful individual, having been a surrogate mom to both Rocky and Max," the zoo said in a statement. "We love you and will miss you Knobi!"

Today we say goodbye to a friend, 42-year-old orangutan Knobi has died. As she started to decline this past week, our...

Posted by Indianapolis Zoo on Friday, April 22, 2022

On the zoo's bio page about Knobi, she was described as very confident and assertive. The zoo said she was neat and would pick up items out of place and wipe down dirty surfaces.

Knobi had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but the zoo was managing it with a balanced diet and activity.

Knobi was particular about her food. She liked apples and peanuts, but would absolutely not eat tomatoes.

Happy 41st Knobi! 🥳🎂 To celebrate the birthday girl, our orangutans enjoyed a party complete with gifts, streamers & a special cake that Azy & little Max helped her eat (of course).

Posted by Indianapolis Zoo on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

An orangutan's life expectancy in captivity is 30 to 40 years and some can live upwards of 50 years, according to the Louisville Zoo.

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