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  Orang-utan dies of broken heart
Updated 24 May 2002, 11.39
Homer giving Hayley his Valentine card
Homer giving Hayley his Valentine card

It's feared an orang-utan at Blackpool zoo may have died of a broken heart.

Homer died just 24 hours after his mate Hayley died following pregnancy problems.

Homer gave Hayley a Valentine card

It's thought Homer's death was caused by a blood clot, brought about by intense sadness at the loss of his mate.

Valentine card

The manager of Blackpool Zoo, Iain Valentine, said orang-utans often go into a deep depression following the death of a partner.

He said Homer and Hayley were inseparable. And added that Homer even gave her a Valentine card.

However, a third ape at the zoo, Lomie, has also died within the last 48 hours, sparking fears of a deadly bug at the centre.

A vet is looking into the matter.

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