Image: Gorilla carries dead baby
Frank Augstein  /  AP
A German zoo says the gorilla who gained fame for mourning her dead baby by carrying its body for several days in 2008 has died following illness.
updated 1/21/2010 12:57:59 PM ET 2010-01-21T17:57:59

A German zoo says the gorilla who gained fame for mourning her dead baby by carrying its body for several days in 2008 has died following illness.

Muenster zoo spokeswoman Ilona Zuehlke told the DAPD news agency that a keeper found 12-year-old Gana dead in her cage early Sunday. Zuehlke said the exact cause of death has not been determined, but the gorilla had been ill for several weeks.

Gana became famous through pictures of her cradling the lifeless body of her 3-month-old son Claudio who had died of a severe intestinal infection in 2008. Zookeepers said at the time such behavior is not uncommon for gorillas.

Last April she gave birth to a healthy daughter who was named Claudia and still lives at the zoo.

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