A gorilla has died in the Prague Zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope, zoo officials said Friday. The zoo said in a statement that 5-year-old Tatu was found hanging with a rope around his neck Friday morning in a sleeping room. Spokesman Michal Stastny said all attempts to revive Tatu failed. He said there were no cameras in the room and it is not clear exactly what happened.
“It was an accident,” Brandl said. He said the ropes are checked daily. Brandl said another gorilla, Kamba, appeared to be trying to help Tatu when zookeepers arrived but “it’s hard to say what exactly she was doing.”
Director Miroslav Bobek said the death was the most tragic event at the zoo since flooding in 2002 killed more than 100 animals. The zoo still has six gorillas, and they are among the most popular animals there. Tens of thousands of people watched Tatu’s birth online on May 30, 2007.
Watch Tatu (3 years old) gently interact with his baby brother Kiburi (credits ‘gorillaphile’):
Tatu was born in Zoo Prague on 30th May 2007 to female Kijiva and male Richard. His name means the second. He was the second offspring of his parents as well as the second gorilla baby kept in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Since the beginning, Tatu behaved like a lively and curious baby. In comparison with the first-born Moja, he sooner ventured from the security of his mother’s arms and back on which babies are carried. Moja encourage her younger brother to play while she spent most of the time with Kamba, the oldest female of the group, who became a grandmother to the youngest ones.
Also Tatu later on resorted to Kamba. This was at the end of April 2010 when the last Kijiva’s baby, the male Kiburi, was born. Since then, Tatu spent most of his time with Kamba.
Thanks to his adventurous spirit, Tatu kept the whole family active because he provoked to play not only other baby gorillas but also adults. It was Tatu, who started paying increased attention to female Bikira, who was until then rather an outsider to the group. He started riding on her back and helped her to become closer with the family.
Tatu died accidentally in the morning on 27th July 2012.
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