Asked by: Carmelo Verano
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th June, 2020

Why did Michael the gorilla die?

Death. Michael died of heart failure on April 19, 2000. Koko and her more recent potential mate, Ndume, mourned his passing for several months.

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Thereof, what did Koko die of?

Patterson said Koko looked "peaceful" after she died, when Patterson arrived to be by her side. "We're still trying to understand what the cause was," Patterson told ABC News. "Many gorillas have a heart condition, cardiomyopathy, and she had it, but it was apparently a mild case and was being treated for that.

Also, is ndume the gorilla still alive? Ndume has lived most of his life at the Gorilla Foundation's sanctuary at Woodside, California, but has also lived at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo. Following a lawsuit, which raged on for months, Ndume was transferred back to the Cincinnati Zoo from the Gorilla Foundation on June 14, 2019.

In this regard, why did Koko the gorilla die?

In December 1984, All Ball escaped from Koko's cage and was hit and killed by a car. Later, Patterson said that when she signed to Koko that All Ball had been killed, Koko signed "Bad, sad, bad" and "Frown, cry, frown, sad, trouble".

What is the average life expectancy of a gorilla?

35 – 40 years

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