PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Zoo says a male gorilla that officials were trying to mate with a newly arrived female has died.
Zoo officials announced Friday that 28-year-old Jabari was being examined following appetite loss and signs of mouth or throat discomfort.
But they said he stopped breathing once under anesthesia. A necropsy is being done to determine the cause of death and his illness.
The Chicago-born western lowland gorilla arrived in Philadelphia in 2004.
Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer, called Jabari a favorite of staff and visitors. He says officials are "shocked and deeply saddened."
In June, the zoo said a female gorilla named Kira was being brought from Boston to pair with Jabari in hopes of fathering the first gorilla born at the zoo in many years.
NICE EASTER WEEKEND
Decreasing clouds and the return of sunshine for the holiday weekend.
Low in the 40s, Highs in the 60s for the weekend
Saturday High: 66
EASTER Sunday High: 65