Ozzie, the World's Oldest Male Gorilla, Dies at 61 at Atlanta Zoo

“While we knew this time would come someday, that inevitability does nothing to stem the deep sadness we feel at losing a legend," a zoo official said

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Ozzie, the world's oldest male gorilla, has died, Zoo Atlanta officials said Tuesday. He was 61.

The western lowland silverback was found dead by his care team Tuesday morning, the zoo said in a news release.

The cause of death wasn't known, but over the last 24 hours Ozzie had been treated for facial swelling, weakness and an inability to eat or drink, the zoo said.

Ozzie was one of 13 gorillas at Zoo Atlanta who tested positive for COVID-19 last year. Officials said at the time that they believed the apes contracted it from a zoo worker who had been fully vaccinated and wearing protective equipment. The worker was asymptomatic.

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