W. Pa. gorilla euthanized after 47 years at zoo

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ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A lowland gorilla that came to the Erie Zoo in 1965 has been euthanized after an illness.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/12OTuMY ) reports Wednesday that Samantha, who would have turned 49 in February, had been suffering from age-related issues and her condition worsened over the weekend.

Preliminary findings indicated Samantha suffered from congestive heart failure, complicated by age-related kidney problems.

Samantha was a resident of the zoo longer than any other animal in its history.