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One of the most well-known and fondly remembered residents of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was euthanized Tuesday morning at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky.

Timmy, a western lowland gorilla, suffered from chronic medical problems in recent years including heart disease (cardiomyopathy), heart arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation) and osteoarthritis according to Louisville Zoo veterinarian Dr. Roy Burns. Timmy, 52, had been receiving treatment for these conditions for several months, and was responding well at first. His condition deteriorated over the last few weeks and the decision was made to euthanize him. He was the oldest male gorilla in North America.

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