Former Belfast Zoo resident Boulas the gorilla dies in England
A 27-year-old gorilla that spent a decade in Belfast Zoo has died in England.
Boulas, a 200kg Western lowland gorilla, died on Tuesday at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.
The silverback arrived at Longleat in 2012 from Twycross Zoo as part of a new state-of-the-art Gorilla Colony.
Prior to moving to Twycross in 2010, Boulas had spent nearly a decade at Belfast Zoo.
Longleat said a full post-mortem examination would be carried out but early indications are that he died of respiratory failure related to an undiagnosed abscess in his throat.
Jon Cracknell, Longleat's director of animal operations, said: "This is a tragic loss and a cause for great sadness across the entire safari park."