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Young gorilla dies at Milwaukee County Zoo

Western lowland gorilla. (By Walpole (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Western lowland gorilla. (By Walpole (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A four-week-old gorilla has died at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  

Kassiu, a western lowland gorilla, was born March 19th to her 27-year-old father Cassius and 13-year-old mother Naku.  

Zookeepers said the baby appeared to be doing well Wednesday morning -- but she appeared weak by the afternoon, and she was no longer clinging to her mother like a normal newborn does. Kassiu died Wednesday evening.  

The UW veterinary school plans to perform a full necropsy to determine how the gorilla died.  

Kassiu is the first gorilla to be born at Milwaukee since 1996. Western lowland gorillas most often live in heavy rain forests. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)