NEW YORK (AP) — Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, has died at the Bronx Zoo. She was 40 years old.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the zoo, made the announcement on Sunday. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Pattycake was born at the Central Park Zoo on Sept. 3, 1972 and lived there with her parents Kongo and Lulu until 1983, when she went to live at the Bronx Zoo. She was the best known gorilla at the zoo and "an institution in New York City," says zoo director Jim Breheny.
Pattycake had 10 infants while at the Bronx Zoo, including two twins born in 1995. She was the 31st oldest gorilla of 338 living in North American zoos.