- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia zoo says four of its animals have died of unrelated, but natural causes in recent months.

Philly.com reports (https://bit.ly/2bbptEI ) the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown made the announcement Monday.

The zoo says Matilda the elk was euthanized after she developed a neurological disorder and had trouble walking. Officials say the 15-year-old’s necropsy revealed Alzheimer’s type II astrocytes in the animal’s brain.

In May, a 24-year-old Saki monkey named Lace began to deteriorate after an upper respiratory infection. Officials euthanized Lace in June after the monkey stopped responding to treatment.

A Leicester Longwool sheep, named Diva, also died after suffering a seizure.

Nox, a 15-year-old gray wolf, was found to have a bleeding mass in her liver and spleen and was also euthanized.

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Information from: Philly.com, https://www.philly.com/

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