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Zoo Miami: Orangutan, 44, dies following dental surgery – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-27 01:12:13 –

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    This photo, provided by Miami Zoo, shows an orangutan cumans. Kuman, a 44-year-old Bornean orangutan, died Thursday while recovering from anesthesia.

Miami >> Orangutans have died at Miami Zoo after undergoing dental surgery, officials said.

A 44-year-old Bornean orangutan, Kuman, died Thursday while recovering from anesthesia, according to a statement from a zoo in South Florida.

“We at Miami Zoo are deeply saddened by this horrific loss. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the staff who have provided great care to Cumans over the years,” the statement said.

Officials said the apes had been anesthetized to remove the two teeth that were damaged and caused the gums to become infected. Anesthesia, examinations and dental treatment went according to plan. Cumans were closely monitored by veterinarians, veterinarians, and human cardiologists. Her vitals remained stable, officials said.

After the procedure, the cumans were returned to the enclosure, where they began to recover. The zookeeper said she was able to sit and climb her platform bed. But then, for unknown reasons, she lay down and held her breath, officials said. Efforts to resuscitate cumans, including CPR, were unsuccessful. Authorities said a thorough autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Kuman leaves an eight-year-old daughter named Bella who continues to live in Miami Zoo.

Bornean orangutans are considered endangered and have a world population of just over 100,000. They can be found in the wild in Malaysia and Indonesia on the island of Borneo in Asia.



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