Albuquerque BioPark Mourns The Death of Beloved Gorilla ‘ Lina’

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Albuquerque  Bio Park Mourns The Death of Beloved Gorilla ‘ Lina’ , John McCormack, Realtor, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Albuquerque BioPark staff as well as fans mourn the death of beloved Gorilla Lina.

Lina died March 30,2012 due to a brain aneurysm.  Lina was rushed to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New Mexico where she diagnosed with a massive brain aneurysm.  It was a very hard decision but it was decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the 39 year old Gorilla, Lina.

Lina was born in Los Angeles zoo where actress Betty White helped raise the Western Lowland Gorilla famously known as, Lina.  Betty White has kept in touch with her human like friend Lina the Gorilla at Albuquerque BioPark, visiting her and writing book talking about her Gorilla friend Lina in the book Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo..  Betty White’s staff said Mrs. White would be heartbroken when told of the news of her beloved Gorilla, Lina’s death.

In May 1992, Lina became part of the
Albuquerque  BioPark and was loved by the Albuquerque Bio Park staff and many visitors.  Lina had no children of her own but did Albuquerque BioPark Mourns Death of Beloved Gorilla Linaleave behind an adopted daughter. Lina thought she more human than Gorilla, always showing kindness and gentleness.  Lina’s caregivers and fans are devastated at her loss and Lina will be greatly missed by all.  Indeed  Albuquerque  BioPark Mourns The Death of Beloved Gorilla  ‘Lina’   

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Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

What a great post for the memory of Lina and for Albuquerque localism.  Well done. 

April 05, 2012 07:53 AM
Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

Aw, sorry to hear the news. But, if we are to be philosophical, what a rich life this beloved gorilla enjoyed. And, that's the way it should be. I'm very sorry for the loss and hope healing comes soon to the BioPark in the Q,  and the people who loved her up close and personal.

April 05, 2012 08:05 AM
Toni Weidman
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
Re/Max Sunset Realty

I'm always saddened when I hear things like this. Poor Lina and poor Betty losing her friend. My sympathies.

April 05, 2012 08:16 AM
Craig Rutman
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
Helping people in transition

What a nice tribute to Lina that you've shared with us today John. The Zoo in the "Q" will never be the same without her.

April 05, 2012 08:23 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Your Northern Virginia Realtor
Living A Dream Real Estate

This is so sad, Lina looks like she was loved by many. I'm sure the zoo had a hard time making the decision but, it sounds like it was the kind thing to do.

April 05, 2012 09:21 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

I read about this.  It was so sad.  But, she had a pretty good life, and far better than she would have had in the wild, I would think.  Thanks, John.

April 05, 2012 09:44 AM
William True
Sarasota Real Estate
True Sarasota Real Estate

RIP Lina. Sounds like she had a wonderful spirit.

April 05, 2012 11:37 AM
Brenda Mullen
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!
RE/MAX Access

How sad John...I know there will be many mourners for Lina's death.  She was obviously a bit part of the Albuquerque Bio Zoo.  

April 05, 2012 11:38 AM
Kristin Hamilton
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
Keller Williams Realty

Hi John,

It is so hard to hear about wonderful animals that have to be put to sleep due to illness. Lina sounds like a wonderful zoo celebrity and friend to all who knew and loved her. I am sure Betty White will be sad as she is such a big help to bettering the zoos and has devoted her life to helping the animals. I am so sorry but Lina is better off and will not have any major suffering. It is hard with animals as they cannot tell us like people can. I am sure it was an extremely tough decision for the vets at the zoo.

April 05, 2012 01:06 PM
Cindy Edwards
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
RE/MAX Checkmate

How very sad, but I am glad there is no suffering.   RIP Lina.  Thank you for the very caring post.

April 05, 2012 05:39 PM
Cindy Jones
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Integrity Real Estate Group

Obviously Lina was a beloved part of the Albuquerque Bio Park zoo and I"m sure will be missed by visitors and staff.


April 05, 2012 05:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe

John I saw this on the news......lots of public mourning the loss of this 'gal'.

April 05, 2012 05:47 PM
Juli Vosmik
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

John, what a great way to give a tribute to Lina - a creature who touched so many lives.  Do you know how long gorilla's typically live?  Is this longer than "normal"?

I'm so glad so many got to enjoy Lina while she was here - she brought joy to so many, I'm sure. 

April 05, 2012 06:03 PM
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

We are sure Lina will be missed by her friends in the pen as well as the visitors John. Sad news.

April 05, 2012 07:02 PM
Debbie Laity
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
Cedaredge Land Company

What a famous gorilla...and what a life she led. Thanks for including her story:(

April 05, 2012 07:43 PM
Michael Thornton
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Good evening, John. Sad to hear that Lina has pass. I'm sure she will be missed by the patrons of the zoo...

April 05, 2012 07:58 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC
Phoenix AZ Horse Property

She will be missed and there are not enough of her kind remaining!  Her life was the source of enlightening many about the gorillas and the challenges they face in a world with shrinking habitat. 

April 05, 2012 09:06 PM
AJ Heidmann
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert
McEnearney Associates, Inc.

John - I'm so sorry to hear about the loss to the Albuquerque BioPark and the surrounding community... I'm sure that the memories of Lina will live long into the future.

April 05, 2012 09:50 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

John, very sad...but Lina was well-cared for and had many freinds that loved her....not so many people can say that :)

April 06, 2012 12:51 PM
Erika Rogers
St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
Re/Max First Realty

What a sad story, I love gorillas.  They are so human like, aren't they.  I know Lina had a good home and life and was well taken care of in Albuquerque.  I'm sure she will be sorely missed by the patrons....

April 06, 2012 01:41 PM
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