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Jody, the chimpanzee at John Ball Zoo, has died; she was 31

Jody, a chimpanzee who arrived at the John Ball Zoo in 2009, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018. She was 31. (WWMT/Courtesy of John Ball Zoo)

She arrived at the John Ball Zoo in 2009. On Tuesday, Jody, the zoo's 31-year-old female chimpanzee, died.

Zookeepers said Jody experienced a sudden decline Monday that resulted in cardiac arrest.

The Zoo’s animal care and veterinary teams responded immediately. After 20 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of the emergency defibrillator, they successfully restarted her heart. Unfortunately, she was not capable of breathing on her own. The decision was made to humanely euthanize her.

Jody come to Grand Rapids from the Potawatomi Zoo in Indiana. She arrived at the John Ball Zoo with diabetes. The staff managed her condition during her life in Grand Rapids with very specialized care and diet. Jody was well-trained to assist the zookeepers with her care. She was very special to all who knew her, cared for her, and interacted with her, zoo officials said.

“We are very proud of those who tried to save her and those who helped aid staff in their efforts," said Peter D’Arienzo, the chief executive officer at the John Ball Zoo. "We are all saddened that she is gone. She was greatly loved part of the zoo family.”


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