Le­mur at zoo dies af­ter suf­fer­ing car­diac ar­rest

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MAR­TIN WEIL mar­tin.weil@wash­post.com

A long-lived le­mur, who was named Red Oak and was said to have a big per­son­al­ity for a small an­i­mal, died Wed­nes­day at the Na­tional Zoo.

The zoo said the red-fronted le­mur went into car­diac ar­rest dur­ing a phys­i­cal exam that was per­formed af­ter he was found un­re­spon­sive dur­ing rou­tine well­ness checks.

At­tempts to re­sus­ci­tate him failed, and it was de­cided to eu­tha nize him, zoo of­fi­cials said. At 24, he was old for his species, they said.

In a state­ment, the zoo quoted an as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor of pri­mates, who called him an an­i­mal who made his pres­ence known to the other two species of lemurs ex­hib­ited with him and his mate.

“There was never a ques­tion that Red Oak was in charge of the group,” said the cu­ra­tor, Becky Malin­sky, who called his per­son­al­ity both “en­dear­ing and charis­matic.”

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