|Forever in Our Hearts Romie|
|Written by Dr. Lorraine Docherty|
|Saturday, 13 November 2010 22:42|
It’s been an extremely difficult week for us at MONA. We end it with the sad news that our dear Romie has passed away.
Last week she was not her usual self so we decided to do a complete health check. We saw that she had a mass in her uterus, her kidneys also seemed affected and the blood tests show her immune system was severly weakened.
On Friday she underwent emergency surgery to remove the uterine mass. Unfortunately, during the operation we discovered with great shock that most of her organs were seriously affected by tumours. Romie had been living her normal life until last weekend when she didn’t want to join her group outside in the big enclosures. Her health had rapidly declined since then and we now know why. Her body was not able to cope with the surgery and sadly she passed away.
As some of you might know, Romie lived at the sanctuary for nearly ten years. She was the matriarch of the group and Toto's companion. She has been through so much in her life having been used as a baby machine for a animal trainer who used chimps in the entertainment industry. After many years of legal wrangling we managed to reunite her with two of her babies Nico and Sara and she has lived with them ever since.
We will always remember her as our sweet Romie, and hope that over time the family will learn to live without her, as so will we. Once more we thank you for your support which has enabled her to live at MONA in what were surely the best years of her life.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 13 November 2010 23:13|