She was found in her nest of blankets early in the morning when her caregiver opened up her nighthouse. It is suspected that Katie passed away suddenly from heart disease. For the past few years, Katie had been in good health, so this was very unexpected and a shock for all of us.
Katie came to us six years ago at age 18 after spending her life inside a tiny cage in a New Jersey house. When she arrived, she had many health challenges, fears, and eating disorders. But over the years with good nutrition, space to exercise, social companionship with other chimpanzees, and a dedicated group of caregivers who spent a great deal of time helping her, Katie’s health greatly improved. She looked beautiful with her skin condition healed, her sparse hair beautifully filled in, and her emaciated condition changed to a healthy weight for an adult female.
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