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Wanto, The 44-Year-Old Gorilla Who Wowed Everyone With His Heartfelt Welcomes, Has Passed Away

Every time environmentalists and animal rights advocates successfully rescue and safeguard an endangered species, not just from poaching but also from habitat degradation, it is a huge victory for all of us who want to live in a world where wildlife thrives.

Fortunately, the campaign to save animal species continues and is growing by leaps and bounds, with an increasing number of groups whose primary goal is to protect and raise populations at risk.

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It is unavoidable that an emotional attachment develops between the rescued animals and their caregivers during this procedure. As a result, the loss of a specimen in custody is always traumatic.

Wanto, a 44-year-old gorilla that won everyone with his receptive and amazing charisma when he arrived at the enclosure, died recently at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee, United States.

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“Wanto was being treated for stomach issues that had appeared out of nowhere. He fell in the afternoon and was almost dead by the time the veterinary team arrived.”

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“According to the first necropsy findings, he developed peritonitis, which is an inflammation of the membrane that borders the abdominal wall and surrounds the abdominal organs.

However, because the elderly gorilla had previously been diagnosed with heart illness, more tests are being conducted to establish whether cardiac arrest or stroke were the causes of death.

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Phil Colclough, the park’s director of animal care, conservation, and education in Knoxville, said that Wanto was adored not just by the park’s keepers but also by tourists.

“He had a fun demeanor, and he always greeted his guardians with enthusiastic vocalizations when they came each day.” During his lifetime, he was a wonderful ambassador who encouraged millions of people to care about protecting gorillas from extinction.

CREDIT: Knoxville Zoo