The oldest orangutan at the Miami zoo has died after an emergency surgical procedure following a miscarriage.
Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill said in a press release that 31-year-old Bonnie had been pregnant for several months and was scheduled for a full exam with an OB-GYN on Monday. She started experiencing elevated distress Thursday and needed an emergency surgical procedure to remove a full-term, non-viable fetus that she was unable to deliver naturally.
Magill says the surgery was successful but Bonnie was unable to survive the procedure.
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Bonnie was born at the Audubon Zoo in Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1985, and arrived at Zoo Miami on May 8, 2009. She's survived by her mate, Mango.
Critically-endangered orangutans can top 200 pounds with an arm span close to eight feet and are the largest tree-dwelling mammals in the world.