Gorilla dies in Chicago area zoo

December 19, 2008 7:38:19 PM PST
One of the country's oldest gorillas has died at the Brookfield Zoo.Forty-seven year-old, Beta died Thursday night after going into cardiac arrest during a medical examination.

The female gorilla had been suffering from uterine cancer and other ailments.

Beta arrived at the zoo in 1963 and was a favorite among the zoo staff and visitors. Her keepers say she was very photogenic and had a great disposition.