MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Zoo Miami is morning the loss of Kumang, a 44 year-old Bornean Orangutan who died Thursday during recovery from anesthesia following a dental procedure, according to Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill.
The 140 lb. great ape was anesthetized in order to have two teeth extracted which were damaged and causing an infection in her gums.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Public Schools Could Ease Mask Mandate By End Of Month, Reports Herald
The anesthesia, examination, and dental care went as planned and was uneventful.
During the entire time she was under anesthesia, Kumang was closely monitored by the team of Zoo Miami veterinarians and veterinary technicians, as well as a human cardiologist.
Her vitals remained stable and the extractions were performed without complications. Following the procedure, she was returned to her enclosure to recover.
She proceeded to recover, occasionally emitting a mild cough which is not unusual for an animal that has been intubated for anesthesia, according to Magill.READ MORE: Arrest Affidavit: Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Claims He Was Trying To Kill Himself In Struggle With Slain Officer Yandy Chirino
She was observed opening her eyes, sitting up normally on her own, and was able to climb to her platform bed. She then, for reasons yet unknown, went into a recumbent position and stopped breathing.
The Animal Health team performed several emergency procedures, including CPR, in efforts to resuscitate Kumang, but sadly, they were not successful.
A thorough necropsy will be performed on Friday to hopefully determine the cause of death.
Zoo Miami staff are heartbroken over the loss, said Magill and deepest condolences go out to the staff that provided Kumang with such great care over the years.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
Kumang leaves behind an 8 year-old daughter named Bella, who continues to reside at Zoo Miami.