PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's Zoo orangutan dies at 22 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Zoo was mourning a pair of animal deaths Friday.
The zoo announced the death of Batik, a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan. She died Thursday afternoon after a monthlong illness that included problems with her gall bladder and right kidney. Veterinarians removed both organs but she suffered complications.
A zoo spokeswoman said Batik had an ultrasound and CT scan Thursday and died while recovering from the anesthesia. Batik was born at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo in August 1987. She was later sent to live at the Sacramento Zoo, but did not get along with the other orangutans.
She arrived at the Oregon Zoo in 1996. Veterinarian Mitch Finnegan said Batik had a kind and gentle spirit and will be greatly missed.
Officials also had to euthanize Frack, a 28-year-old Damara zebra suffering from congestive heart failure.
Frack was born at the Kansas City Zoo in January 1982, and moved to the Oregon Zoo in March 1999. Vets said Damara zebras typically live more than 20 years.