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Kansas City Zoo chimpanzee 'Blackie' dies at 55

Posted at 9:36 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 10:36:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo’s oldest chimpanzee, Blackie, died Friday, the zoo announced Monday. She was 55. 

Blackie was born in Africa and came to Kansas City in 1966, the zoo said in a news release. 

She was one of the oldest animals at the zoo. The average life expectancy for a female chimpanzee is 37. 

She was euthanized due to her declining health, the zoo said. 

Blackie had eight offspring, including Kioja, who still resides at the Kansas City Zoo. 

“Her devoted human caregivers will especially remember Blackie for her feisty but sweet personality,” the zoo said in its release. “She loved snow and bubble baths and was a favorite of the zookeepers who worked with her. She will be deeply missed by everyone at the Kansas City Zoo.”