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Rockhampton Zoo In Mourning After Baby Chimp Dies

Samantha the chimpanzee at Rockhampton Zoo.  Image Supplied 

Staff at Rockhampton Zoo are in mourning on Friday, after a baby chimpanzee sadly died.  

Mum Samantha gave birth overnight, but the baby didn’t survive.

Rockhampton Zoo has blocked off the chimpanzee enclosure so that the troop can be given the time they need to grieve.

While no other details are available, Zoo Chair Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the community would be heartbroken to hear the news.

“Samantha’s baby was much anticipated by a community that has shown great affection for our chimpanzees and we understand you will all be as upset as we are by this news.”

By Michelle Brewer