WTVG- The Toledo Zoo issued the following statement on the death of J.J. the orangutan.
"The Toledo Zoo is sad to report the death of our long-time resident, J.J. the orangutan. He died at the advanced age of 45 over the weekend from heart failure. J.J., whose formal name is Jiggs Junior, was a beloved member of the Toledo Zoo for decades, during which millions of visitors enjoyed his gentle disposition, remarkable intelligence and endearing interactions."
According to his long-time keeper Suzanne Husband, J.J. was curious, had a soft spot in his heart for toddlers and was quite playful. “One of his favorite enrichment items was watching tv. He loved football and would make a nest in front of the TV on weekends and look like every other guy, kicked back watching the games. He also had a penchant for The Price IS Right. He would come in from exhibit every day at 11 and wait for us to turn on the TV… he would even be a little annoyed if we were late! Then I began to notice that he wasn’t coming in as much or was napping rather than watching the TV and it dawned on me that Bob Barker had retired and there was a new host. Later in his life, we were able to stream his TV through the internet and pull up old shows and his interest in the game show came back.”
J.J. was the oldest male orangutan in North America and an incredible ambassador for his species. .