Sedgwick County Zoo reveals baby chimp Kucheza's cause of death
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Sedgwick County Zoo has confirmed that the baby chimpanzee "Kucheza" died from head trauma.
"Our team is still trying to make sense of it all, but the reality of the situation is that we will simply never know what led to Kucheza’s injuries," the zoo said in a Facebook post. "Based on the family social dynamics and what we know of each individual chimp, we believe that whatever happened that night was an accident."
They also said they do not believe the death was an example of infanticide, which is the intentional killing of infants and is known to happen in wild chimpanzee populations.
"Kucheza left a huge imprint on our world in his short time here, and we thank each one of our friends for your love and support during this very difficult time," the zoo said.