The demise of a Kansas City chimpanzee was no fault of the zoo, the United States Department of Agriculture said.
The animal had been chased up the tree by other chimpanzees, zoo officials have said. He fell and then was beaten by the other chimpanzees before dying of internal injuries. A zoo spokeswoman said chimpanzees often skirmish to maintain social hierarchy.
“The agency’s inspection report findings correspond with our own initial review of the situation, which revealed that our chimp caregivers and our animal health team acted quickly and appropriately,” said Randy Wisthoff, the zoo’s executive director.
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