RETIRED OSU CHIMP DIES UNEXPECTEDLY AT TEXAS REFUGE
COLUMBUS , Ohio – Ohio State University officials have learned that another chimpanzee from its former research colony has unexpectedly died in a San Antonio refuge.
Bobby, a 16-year-old male, was found dead in his enclosure Thursday morning. Caretakers at the facility had noticed on Wednesday that the chimpanzee was seemed unwell and had scheduled a visit by a veterinarian for Thursday.
No cause of death was immediately determined but officials at the refuge, Primarily Primates, removed the animal's body to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research for a necropsy. Results of that necropsy won't be available for about two weeks.
Bobby was one of nine chimpanzees retired from research at the university in early March and transferred to the Texas sanctuary. Another male chimp in the colony, Kermit, died of a heart attack the day after he arrived there.
University officials said the remaining animals appear to be healthy and thriving in their new home. Ohio State 's William Yonushonis, the senior laboratory animal veterinarian on campus, flew to the sanctuary early today.
Contact: Earle Holland, (614) 286-6574 (cell); Holland.firstname.lastname@example.org.