By: KDKA-TV News Staff
COLUMBUS, Ohio (KDKA) – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium mourn a beloved western lowland gorilla.
The zoo said 48-year-old Toni died on Sunday after officials made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her. Toni’s health was deteriorating, the zoo said, and she has recently had mild seizures.
“In early November, a few days before Toni’s regular heart exam, she showed signs of lethargy and was not feeling well. Thanks to the expertise of our animal health team, it was discovered and Toni was diagnosed with significant heart problems, ”said the zoo on Facebook.
The gorilla was born in the zoo on December 28, 1971 and was the last surviving offspring of their mother.
“Toni’s care team says she behaved calmly, confidently and contentedly and was a beautiful soul. Toni had a presence that only her late mother (Colo) could achieve. They also remember that Toni was singing with gusto when the food came up and it was time to eat and show off her funny personality as she demonstrated and ran with her keepers, ”said the zoo.