Wellington Zoo chimp dies after surgery

5:15 pm on 10 February 2017

Wellington Zoo is farewelling its nine-year-old chimpanzee, Beni, who died today after complications following surgery.

Beni died after complications following surgery.

Beni died after complications following surgery. Photo: Wellington Zoo / Facebook

Staff at the zoo found a deep cut on Beni's leg last Saturday and performed emergency surgery.

Despite showing some signs of recovery, he had to be anaesthetised for a second operation, but his weakened state meant he did not recover.

Beni was born in the zoo, and staff say he was a cheeky and loved member of the chimpanzee troop.

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