Europe’s oldest chimpanzee Judy, 49, died last Wednesday at the Busolengo Park in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
Europe’s oldest chimpanzee has died at the age of 49.
Judy Chimp was born in 1972 and died last Wednesday in a park in Busolengo, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. She is accompanied by her daughter Valentina and her niece Judith. Park members described her as a member of the troop who always supported other female members. The park took to social media to share Judy’s last day story.
They described how she woke up to breakfast before a short nap in the shade.
She was awakened by an alpha man named Davidino from Britain, and she greeted him with a short walk. Judy then lay down under a tree and died silently in her sleep. The army quickly realized that something was wrong, and the park officials realized that several Chimzazians were trying to wake Judy. A park ranger said a chimpanzee named Tommy approached Judy and tried to wake her up.
Tommy was involved with the other chimpanzees who thought he would attack Judy, but he refused to let her in and dragged her back to her cage. The army then grabbed Judy and dragged her body to the feet of Marco, a member of the park staff. Marco tries to get the army back to their cages, but Tommy refuses to go back to Judy’s side. Marco realized that Judy was not breathing and called a veterinarian at the scene. The veterinarian confirmed that the chimpanzee was dead. Caterina Spiezio, head of research and conservation at Parko Natura Viva, said Judy’s eyesight gradually deteriorated with age. She added: “After recognizing our voices, she had a way of looking at us; she just stared a little closer to get a better view.” And also, Judy belongs to the Common Chimpanzee group and is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species.
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