MIAMI (AP) – An orangutan has died after undergoing dental surgery at Zoo Miami, officials said.
kumangoA 44-year-old Bornean orangutan died Thursday while recovering from anesthesia, according to a statement from the South Florida Zoo.
“At Zoo Miami, we are deeply saddened by this horrific loss and our deepest condolences to the staff who provided Kumang such great care over the years,” the statement said.
The official said that the great ape was sedated to remove two teeth, which were damaged and his gums got infected. Anesthesia, exams and dental care went according to plan. Kumang was closely monitored by veterinarians, veterinary technicians and a human cardiologist. Officials said that his pulse remained stable.
After the procedure, Kumang was returned to her enclosure, where she began to recover. Zoo staff said she was able to sit and climb on her platform bed. But then for unknown reasons, she lay down and stopped breathing, officials said. Attempts to revive Kumang, including CPR, were unsuccessful. Officials said a thorough autopsy would be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.
Kumang leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter named Bella, who still lives at Zoo Miami.
The Bornean orangutan is considered endangered, with a global population of just over 100,000. They can be found in the wild on the Asian island of Borneo, in Malaysia and Indonesia.