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article imageGorilla accidentally hangs himself in Prague Zoo

By Darren Weir     Jul 29, 2012 in World
Prague - A 5-year old gorilla has died after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope in the gorilla enclosure at the Prague Zoo.
The Associated Press (AP) says the zoo issued a statement saying Tatu was found hanging with a rope around his neck in a sleeping room, and Prague Zoo spokesman Michal Stasny says all attempts to revive Tatu failed.
There were no cameras in the sleeping room, so it's not clear what happened. But Mammals curator Pavel Brandl says it's likely that Tatu unbraided one of the climbing ropes and put a strand around his neck before hanging himself. Brandl says the ropes are checked daily.
Brandl says another gorilla, Kamba, appeared to be trying to help Tatu when zookeepers arrived, but "it's hard to say what exactly she was doing."
The zoo still has six gorillas.
10 years ago a flood at the zoo killed more than 100 animals.
Tatu was born on May 30, 2007 and is featured in several videos on YouTube including one of a 6 month old Tatu climbing and playing on the enclosure.
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