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Oregon Zoo orangutan Kutai dies after illness

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

The Oregon Zoo says 20-year-old orangutan Kutai has died following an illness.

The zoo's lead veterinarian said Sunday that the loss of Kutai is devastating for everyone at the zoo. Finnegan says the zoo's staff had been treating Kutai for medical issues since last month and had tried to help him with two surgeries in the past week.

Kutai was born in 1993 at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan., and arrived in Portland in 2001. He is survived by his grandmother, Inji, who at 54 is the oldest Oregon Zoo resident.

Zoo staff described Kutai as extremely intelligent. Zoo director Kim Smith says he was mischievous but sweet.

 

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