KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An infant chimpanzee named in honor of the American League champion Royals has died at the Kansas City Zoo.
The chimp was born Oct. 16 while the Royals were on a post-season winning streak that ended with a World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Kansas City Star reports that anonymous donors named him Royal George.
The zoo announced Friday that the chimp was discovered lifeless when zookeepers arrived Wednesday. The zoo said an initial necropsy was inconclusive, and further tests to determine the cause of death will take several weeks.
The veterinary staff had monitored the pregnancy of his first-time mother with ultrasound and other measurements. The zoo reported the infant was well-tended by his mother and extended family.
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