A 49-year-old female gorilla at the Topeka Zoo was euthanized Sunday afternoon when it was determined she had advanced ovarian cancer.
The zoo announced that vets decided not to awaken the animal after she was sedated for exploratory surgery. It was discovered that the cancer had metastasized into the abdominal wall, the zoo said on its website. The gorilla had lost her appetite over the past week.
“Tiffany was loved by many, even receiving special birthday and Christmas gifts from many of you,” the zoo site said. “...we are all utterly thankful for every moment we had with this sweet girl. She was nothing short of amazing and will certainly never be forgotten. Goodnight gorilla.”