Bronx Zoo gorilla ‘Pattycake’ dies at 40

Pattycake, 40, died at the Bronx Zoo on Sunday. (Credit: NY Daily News/Getty Images)
Pattycake, 40, died at the Bronx Zoo on Sunday. (Credit: New York Daily News/Getty Images)

Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, died at 40 years old at the Bronx Zoo on Sunday, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced.

She was suffering from chronic cardiac problems, according to the announcement.

Pattycake was born on Sept. 3, 1972 at the Central Park Zoo, according to the Associated Press. She lived there with her parents Kongo and Lulu before moving to the Bronx Zoo in 1983.

She had a total of 10 babies while at the zoo, who all live in different areas of the U.S.

The median life span for gorillas is 37 years old. The Wildlife Conservation Society said Pattycake was the 31st oldest gorilla of 338 living in North American zoos.



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