The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo — her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said Friday.
Zoo officials decided to euthanize Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach. Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and tests showed she was unlikely to recover, spokesman Sean Greene said.
Jenny’s keepers described her as very sweet though a little bossy.
“If she doesn’t want to go out on a certain day, she doesn’t,” Todd Bowsher, curator of the zoo’s Wilds of Africa exhibit, said in May, when the zoo held a birthday bash to celebrate Jenny’s longevity. “But she really likes people.”
The International Species Information System, which maintains records on animals at 700 institutions around the world, confirmed earlier this year that Jenny was the oldest gorilla in its database.