Zoo announces death of UK's 'oldest gorilla'

Paignton Zoo has announced the death of the UK's oldest known silverback gorilla - Pertinax, at the age of 42.

The zoo said Pertinax, a western lowland gorilla, had been a "fond favourite" among supports and visitors since his arrival 27 years ago.

Zoo keepers, along with the dedicated veterinary team, were with him when he passed away on Tuesday.

It is believed that Pertinax had been showing symptoms of an underlying illness which had not responded to extensive treatment.

In a statement the zoo said: "We feel incredibly privileged to have cared for Pertinax for nearly three decades.

"He was truly one of a kind and his loss will be felt deeply by our community, especially by his keepers who knew him best.

"We humbly ask for your support and kindness during this difficult time."

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