- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio Zoo officials are working to determine the cause of death for an elderly okapi that died over the weekend.

Spokeswoman Stacy McReynolds said on Monday that 29-year-old Chuma died early on Saturday and a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause. Zoo officials say he was the oldest known okapi in the world.

McReynolds says Chuma was incredibly popular with staff and guests. She says he ate next to fences where visitors could watch.

The species is indigenous to the Democratic Republic of Congo and is related to giraffes.


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