Twins born to the chimpanzee Judy at the Little Rock Zoo in December have died, the Zoo announced today.
Judy, 40, gave birth Dec. 26. One of the infant chimps died during childbirth and the other died Dec. 31. A necropsy showed the chimp that survived childbirth did not nurse, though she appeared to be doing so.
Press release from the Zoo on the jump.
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Zoo Loses Two Infant Chimpanzees
Death of Chimpanzees Not Unexpected
LITTLE ROCK (January 12, 2011) — The Little Rock Zoo is sad to announce the death of two twin infant chimpanzees born to Judy, a 40-year-old member of the Zoo chimpanzee family.
The two twins were born December 26, 2010. Zoo staff immediately noticed that one of the infant chimps did not survive birth. The second chimp was alive and appeared to be doing well but was found dead only a few days later. Preliminary necropsy results on the second infant indicate that the infant wasn’t nursing.
Zoo staff said Judy was holding the baby correctly for it to nurse and that it appeared as if the infant was nursing. The infant was not showing outward signs of stress or hunger by excessively crying and seemed to act normal. The infant was found dead the morning of December 31, 2011.
The death of the infant chimps does not come as a surprise to Zoo staff. Judy has had other stillborn births and recently gave birth to a stillborn chimp in 2009. Judy has also given birth to a set of twins before, one of which lives with Judy at the Little Rock Zoo.
Judy was not recommended to give birth again but became pregnant after her birth control pills failed.
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