Sad­ness at bonobo’s death at Twycross Zoo

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A bonobo has died at Twycross Zoo.

In a post on so­cial me­dia, Twycross said the great ape, named Win­ton, had suc­cumbed to a “res­pi­ra­tory out­break” which had af­fected its bonobo group.

Win­ton was born in 2010. Bono­bos, an en­dan­gered species, can live up to the age of 40, ac­cord­ing to the zoo.

A spokesman for the zoo said this af­ter­noon: “We are sad­dened to an­nounce the loss of one of our much loved bono­bos, Win­ton, who passed away yes­ter­day.

“Born at the zoo in 2010 to Cheka and Keke, Win­ton was a play­ful, cheeky and love­able mem­ber of the group and a much ad­mired big brother. He will be sadly missed by all.

“A full post-mortem is un­der way, but at this stage he is be­lieved to have died from a res­pi­ra­tory out­break.

“Our highly trained keep­ers and vets con­tinue to mon­i­tor the group.”

Bono­bos are our clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tives, shar­ing around 98 per cent of our DNA.

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