Japanese macaque dies at Calgary Zoo during habitat introduction – Calgary

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A Japanese macaque monkey died at the Calgary Zoo this week after the other monkeys it was to join in the habitat turned on it.

The macaque, named Kyubi, “suffered fatal traumatic injuries during introductory activities with its usual companions,” the zoo said Friday.

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The male monkey had been at the zoo since the spring, and the Animal Care, Health and Welfare team had been working on a slow, safe introduction plan for the past six months, to make Kyubi fit in with the others. female macaques, Lorie, Loki, Mika, Shawna, Suki and Sachi.

The zoo said “heroic efforts” were made by zoo staff to care for Kyubi, as well as the veterinary team, in the hopes that he would recover from his injuries.

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“Although rare, introductory deaths occur both in animals cared for by humans and in the wild,” the zoo said in a Facebook post.

“Our animal care, health and welfare team is devastated by the result. “

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Kyubi grew up at the Granby Zoo in Quebec before being brought to Calgary.

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