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World’s oldest male gorilla dies at 61



World's oldest male gorilla dies at 61

The world’s oldest male gorilla, Ozzie has died at the age of 61.

Ozzie reportedly died of COVID-19 complications after he tested positive of the dreaded virus in 2021.

The 61-year-old gorilla was found dead at Zoo Atlanta, USA on Tuesday, January 25.

Ozzie first arrived in Atlanta in 1988, and was part of a scientific milestone when he became the first gorilla to get a blood pressure reading.

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Though he held the title of oldest male gorilla, however, Fatou, a 64-year-old female at Berlin Zoo, Germany is still the oldest living gorilla.

At Zoo Atlanta, Ozzie is survived by 3 sons, a daughter, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson. It was gathered that Ozzie’s lineage spreads across other zoos in the United States and Canada.

Below is a video of Ozzie during his 60th birthday.

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