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Pattycake the Gorilla Dies; First Gorilla Born In New York City

Pattycake the Gorilla Dies; First Gorilla Born In New York City

New York City’s most famous gorilla passed away on Monday at the age of 40.

Pattycake, who was born back in 1972 at the Central Park Zoo had been suffering from cardiac problems recently but a necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Yet at the age of 40, Pattycake lived longer than the typical lifespan of a gorilla, which is about 37.

Pattycake was something of a city phenomenon here in New York. Two children’s books have been written specifically about her, and city kids knew her well:

“Millions of children in New York City grew up with Pattycake at the Bronx Zoo,” said Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo and WCS Executive Vice President and General Director of Zoos & Aquarium. “Pattycake was a very special animal and her presence will be deeply missed.”

In her lifetime, Pattycake gave birth to 10 baby gorillas. Her offspring now live in zoos across the country.

Image: Bronx Zoo

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