Chimpanzee death
3:14 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

"Father figure" chimpanzee euthanized

Zookeepers at the St. Louis Zoo on Wednesday announced they had euthanized the chimpanzee Smoke, pictured here with his foster daughter Tammy, on June 22. Smoke was 43.
(photo by Carol Weerts/St. Louis Zoo)

Updated to reflect the fact that chimp was euthanized last month.

A chimpanzee who helped foster six young apes at the St. Louis Zoo while raising his own youngster has died.

The Zoo announced today that Smoke was euthanized June 22 after veterinary staff found that an infection and inflammation in his abdomen had spread.

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