Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 29th, 2009
Officials at the Brookfield Zoo, in the Illinois suburb near Chicago, say a 48-year-old female gorilla has died following weeks of poor health.
Brookfield Zoo spokeswoman Kim Smith says Alpha was euthanized Thursday, March 26, evening.
Zoo officials say Alpha was in the final stage of kidney failure and had started show signs of discomfort in the past few weeks.
Since her condition didn’t improve, she was euthanized, noted the AP.
Alpha was born in the wild and became one of the oldest lowland gorillas living in captivity.
Also this week, a 9-year-old chimpanzee at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago died Tuesday, March 24.
Zoo officials say Kipper died of a mysterious respiratory infection. Six other chimpanzees he lived with have since been put under quarantine.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.