Albuquerque BioPark staff as well as fans mourn the death of beloved Gorilla Lina.
Lina died March 30,2012 due to a brain aneurysm. Lina was rushed to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New Mexico where she diagnosed with a massive brain aneurysm. It was a very hard decision but it was decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the 39 year old Gorilla, Lina.
Lina was born in Los Angeles zoo where actress Betty White helped raise the Western Lowland Gorilla famously known as, Lina. Betty White has kept in touch with her human like friend Lina the Gorilla at Albuquerque BioPark, visiting her and writing book talking about her Gorilla friend Lina in the book Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo.. Betty White’s staff said Mrs. White would be heartbroken when told of the news of her beloved Gorilla, Lina’s death.
In May 1992, Lina became part of the Albuquerque BioPark and was loved by the Albuquerque Bio Park staff and many visitors. Lina had no children of her own but did leave behind an adopted daughter. Lina thought she more human than Gorilla, always showing kindness and gentleness. Lina’s caregivers and fans are devastated at her loss and Lina will be greatly missed by all. Indeed Albuquerque BioPark Mourns The Death of Beloved Gorilla ‘Lina’
Top Photo Courtesy Albuquerque BioPark
Bottom Photo by John McCormack Albuquerque NM