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Chantek, One Of The First Apes To Learn Sign Language, Dies At 39

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

On Monday, Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, died on Monday at the age of 39. A statement from Zoo Atlanta said that Chantek, who was also able to clean his room and memorize the way to a fast food restaurant, was being treated for heart disease. Hayley Murphy, vice president of the zoo's animal divisions, said, "Chantek will be deeply missed by his family here at Zoo Atlanta. He had such a unique and engaging personality and special ways of relating to and communicating with those who knew him best."

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