CAIRO: A 13-year old female chimpanzee with respiratory system cancer died at the Giza Zoo Wednesday.
Mooza, whose name means banana in Arabic, was diagnosed with her cancer five years ago.
A German medical team arrived in Egypt to perform the operation on Mooza to remove the tumor that was growing around her neck, but she did not survive the surgery, Youm7 reported.
During her illness and treatments, Mooza was reportedly separated from her partner Koko and the other chimps for more than a year, in order to avoid infection.
Koko and some other chimps were saddened by the death of Mooza and reportedly refrained from eating; a medical team of the General Authority for Veterinary Services was formed to follow up on their psychological condition.
A number of animal welfare societies and animal rights’ activists announced a state of mourning following Mooza’s death.
The central administration of the Giza Zoo formed a specialized medical team of professors of forensic medicine at Cairo University to prepare a detailed autopsy report for the chimp, whose body will be mummified in order to be placed in a new animal museum, Youm7 reported.
Additional reporting by Ezz el-Nouby