Baby gorilla dies at Milwaukee County Zoo


by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Zoo confirms a baby gorilla named Kassiu born March 19, 2014, has died.  The Zoo reports the cause of death is unknown at this time.

Zookeepers report the baby and mother appeared normal during the morning hours of April 16th, but appeared weak hours later. The zoo says Kassiu could no longer hold onto his mother like normal newborns do.

Kassiu was transported to the Milwaukee County Zoo's Animal Health Center for examination and treatment. A neonatologist and pediatrician were called in for consultation with the zoo's veterinary staff. Kassiu was pronounced dead on April 16, 2014.

The UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine will perform the autopsy.


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