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Last Updated: Monday, 22 October 2007, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Gorillas 'mourning' primate death
Ya Pili. Photo: Bruno Melim
Test results are expected to show death was caused by a virus
The death of a gorilla at the zoo at Jersey has badly affected the remaining primates, staff have said.

Ya Pili, a four-year-old western lowland gorilla, died 10 days ago from what is believed to have been a viral infection.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust said gorillas were very family-orientated and the gorillas had been showing signs of mourning.

Staff said the band keep searching the enclosure for Ya Pili.

The results of a post-mortem examination will be shared with colleagues around the world who support gorilla conservation.

The zoo was founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell nearly 50 years ago.



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