GREENSBORO, N.C. — The first gorilla to live at the North Carolina Zoo has been euthanized.

Local news outlets report The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago said on its Twitter page that Ramar was euthanized on Thursday, calling it a difficult decision.

According to the Chicago zoo, Ramar was suffering from degenerative arthritis in his knees, had heart disease and had recently stopped eating. In addition, an examination found a blockage in his bowels.

Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal care for the Chicago Zoological Society, said while experts were able to intervene in Ramar’s condition, the time came that veterinarians couldn’t stop the progression of ailments.

Ramar, who was 50, was brought to the N.C. Zoo in 1974 and lived there for 20 years before moving to zoos in Philadelphia and Miami.

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