Pongi the gorilla dies at the Columbus Zoo - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Pongi the gorilla dies at the Columbus Zoo, visitor favorite was 49

Posted: Updated:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A visitor favorite at the Columbus Zoo has died.

The zoo says Pongi , a female western lowland gorilla, died Saturday.

She was about 49 years old. Most gorillas live in the range of 37 years.

She had been examined earlier in the day when showing symptoms of lethargy, trembling, elevated respiration and a droopy lip.

Pongi had been at the zoo since 1985. During that time she had three offspring and later was a surrogate mother to three more babies.

  • RegionalMore>>

  • Warmer temps impact local crops

    Warmer temps impact local crops

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:36:04 GMT
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."Scott Heckathorn and his team are racing to find answers for how plants react to heat.  He's watched them adapt over
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."
  • Southwyck's future still cloudy

    Southwyck's future still cloudy

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:33:05 GMT
    Acre after acre of prime land in South Toledo sits as pitted concrete and untamed grass.The hot spot to shop for decades, sits alone; the future of the site, cloudy, even on a sunny day.Cheryl Gensler
    Acre after acre of prime land in South Toledo sits as pitted concrete and untamed grass.The hot spot to shop for decades, sits alone; the future of the site, cloudy, even on a sunny day.Cheryl Gensler
  • Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app

    Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app

    A Michigan civil rights organization has developed what it's calling the first mobile app to report discrimination, ethnic harassment and other forms of bigotry.
    A Michigan civil rights organization has developed what it's calling the first mobile app to report discrimination, ethnic harassment and other forms of bigotry.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Jury deliberations begin in Amanda Bacon murder trial

    Jury deliberations begin in Amanda Bacon murder trial

    Did Amanda Bacon smash her baby's head so hard it ended up killing him? It's up to the jury now, and the verdict could come as early as Thursday morning.
  • New police recruit is a cancer survivor

    New police recruit is a cancer survivor

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:11:36 GMT
    In February of 2013,13 ABC was there when Private First Class Andrew Pennington was reunited with his family. The Oregon native had been serving in Afghanistan and was able to hold his son for the first
    In February of 2013,13 ABC was there when Private First Class Andrew Pennington was reunited with his family. The Oregon native had been serving in Afghanistan and was able to hold his son for the first
  • Warmer temps impact local crops

    Warmer temps impact local crops

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:36:04 GMT
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."Scott Heckathorn and his team are racing to find answers for how plants react to heat.  He's watched them adapt over
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!