Zoo grieves for wise old Janie

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A me­mo­rial for Auck­land Zoo’s chim­panzee Janie who died last week is planned for the near fu­ture.

Flow­ers and writ­ten tributes have been laid by her old en­clo­sure as vis­i­tors pay their re­spects to the 60-year-old chimp af­ter she was eu­thanased on Fri­day be­cause of health is­sues.

Plans are be­ing worked through for some form of me­mo­rial to com­mem­o­rate Janie, zoo spokes­woman Jane Healy says.

Staff are sup­port­ing each other as they ad­just to life at the zoo with­out the ‘‘cheeky, funny and wise’’ chimp, she says.

Janie was the old­est an­i­mal at Auck­land Zoo, ar­riv­ing from Lon­don 57 years ago.

‘‘Janie was and al­ways will be a spe­cial part of Auck­land Zoo and we are very sad­dened by her loss,’’ head of life sciences Kevin Bu­ley says.

‘‘It was a heart­break­ing de­ci­sion but the over­whelm­ing de­sire to pre­serve Janie’s dig­nity meant it was the right one.’’

Sierra Leone-born Janie came to the zoo with three oth­ers – the four­some mak­ing up the ‘‘tea party chimps’’.

For seven years they en­ter­tained the pub­lic with their shenani­gans but the tea par­ties stopped in 1963 be­cause of chang­ing at­ti­tudes.

Her health is­sues are thought to be due to an in­ap­pro­pri­ate diet in the ear­lier decades of her life.

Janie’s ashes will be spread at the zoo.

Greatly missed:

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