- Sep 17, 2016
Kimani, a six-year-old western lowland gorilla at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, is suffering from a very serious form of pediatric liver cancer, the zoo said in a letter to donors Monday.
The cancer is affecting the gorilla's entire liver and has spread to her lungs and the support tissue for her heart, esophagus and blood vessels.
The zoo says it is working closely with both human and veterinary liver and cancer specialists to determine possible treatments.
"Kimani remains in serious to critical condition, and our focus right now is to allow her to stabilize," the letter reads.
"Although we are searching for all possible advice and options, the cancer is so far advanced that palliative care may be our only option."
Thank goodness Kimani was vaccinated - or its cancer could be much worse!