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NC Zoo loses chimp during routine dental treatment


ASHEBORO, NC (AP) -- The mother of the first chimpanzee born at the North Carolina Zoo in 12 years has died after anesthesia for a routine medical problem.

Zoo veterinarian Mike Loomis said 16-year-old Maki appeared to coming out of the anesthesia for treatment for an abscessed tooth as part of a routine physical exam Friday when her vital signs "just crashed."

There will be a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Maki gained fame in August when she gave birth to Nori at the North Carolina Zoo. Zoo officials say Nori should be fine without her mother as she is raised with the other 11 members of the zoo's chimp community. It is one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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