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Why do zoo apes get heart disease?

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The patient, a 25-year-old male named Dylan, is lying on a makeshift straw-bale bed.

He has pads on his chest picking up his heart's electrical activity. A tube down his throat is supplying him with anaesthetic gas and oxygen.

The room is basic; bare brick walls and a tiled floor. But the most modern of medical equipment is capturing the image and sound of his beating heart.

But this is not a hospital, it is a zoo; Dylan is a chimpanzee.

Vets and scientists at Chester Zoo are scanning Dylan's heart as part of a global project to find out how a zoo life affects great apes.

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I agree with the two hypotheses being put forth. Either the apes don't live long enough in the wild to present with heart disease, or the more sedentary zoo life style fosters the problem. It might very well be a combination of both factors.

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I think its the zoo.

I believe apes that lived with Dian Fosse ,lived to be quite old,and were observed by people that went long after she had been murdered,to see how the apes were doing .

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Same thing happens to many long-term prisoners.

Sedentary lifestyle, eating crap and the stress of being locked-up.

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Same thing happens to many long-term prisoners.

Sedentary lifestyle, eating crap and the stress of being locked-up.

Really ?

I never knew that.

I thought their diets were done by nutritionists and all of that.

Interesting.

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