NEW YORK - Beloved Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, died at the Bronx Zoo. She was 40 years old.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo, announced the news Sunday. A necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Pattycake was born at the zoo in Central Park on September 3, 1972. She lived there with her parents Kongo and Lulu until 1983. She went to live at the Bronx Zoo.
The gorilla had 10 babies while at the zoo, including two twins born in 1995. She was the 31st oldest gorilla of more than 300 living in North American zoos.