The San Diego Zoo took to social media on Thursday in announcing the passing of a male orangutan named Satu.  

In their announcement, the zoo said Satu was under veterinary care for serious illness. Initial findings upon post mortem evaluation were suggestive of cancer. 

“This charismatic primate, and member of our family, will be sorely missed by wildlife care specialists, wildlife health team, volunteers, and guests,” the zoo said in a statement.

Satu recently recovered from a medical exam, but later collapsed. All efforts to resuscitate Satu were unsuccessful, according to the zoo. 

Over 1,000 people commented to the San Diego Zoo’s Facebook page expressing their condolences. 

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