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Ivan the Gorilla dies

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ATLANTA (AP) – The gorilla that lived inside a department store in Tacoma, Washington for three decades has died at a zoo in Atlanta, Georgia.         

Veterinarians at Zoo Atlanta say 50-year-old Ivan never regained consciousness after they gave him a general anesthesia Monday for a diagnostic assessment. The zoo says the geriatric ape had recently lost weight, seemed to lack appetite and had a respiratory illness.         

Ivan had lived at Zoo Atlanta since 1994. He was born in the wild around 1962 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wildlife traders sold him to the owners of the department store in Tacoma in 1964. Three years later, he was moved to an indoor enclosure at the store.         

Facing pressure from zoological and animal rights communities, the store in 1994 donated Ivan to a zoo in Seattle, which transferred him to Atlanta.