Toni, a western lowland gorilla, has died about two weeks shy of her 49th birthday, Columbus Zoo officials announced Monday. The gorilla was humanely euthanized Sunday after her health declined significantly in previous weeks, zoo officials said. Born Dec. 28, 1971, Toni had well exceeded her median life expectancy of 39.1 years, a testament to the care she received at the zoo. In early November, a few days before her regularly-scheduled cardiac exam, keepers say she showed signs of lethargy and was not feeling well. She was diagnosed with significant cardio issues. Within the last week, Toni’s care team said they noticed changes in her behavior and that she was experiencing mild seizures. After tests and more observation, the difficult decision was made to euthanize Toni humanely.Toni’s care team says she carried herself with a quiet, confident and content-disposition and was a beautiful soul.

Toni, a western lowland gorilla, has died about two weeks shy of her 49th birthday, Columbus Zoo officials announced Monday.

The gorilla was humanely euthanized Sunday after her health declined significantly in previous weeks, zoo officials said.

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Born Dec. 28, 1971, Toni had well exceeded her median life expectancy of 39.1 years, a testament to the care she received at the zoo.

In early November, a few days before her regularly-scheduled cardiac exam, keepers say she showed signs of lethargy and was not feeling well. She was diagnosed with significant cardio issues.

Within the last week, Toni’s care team said they noticed changes in her behavior and that she was experiencing mild seizures. After tests and more observation, the difficult decision was made to euthanize Toni humanely.

Toni’s care team says she carried herself with a quiet, confident and content-disposition and was a beautiful soul.

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