Twelve animals died this week amid historically frantic temperatures in a vast Texas sanctuary, causing massive statewide power loss.
The organization said in a press release on Wednesday that the monkeys living in the 78-acre sanctuary in Becker County were the oldest chimpanzees in the lemur and sanctuary.
“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated”, said Priscilla Farall, president of Friends of Animals.
The sanctuary said that the sanctuary’s oldest chimp, Violet, who was 58, died of a stroke.
Hundreds of other animals in the sanctuary were either evacuated or remained in the compound, which were kept warm with the help of heaters and generators.
Texas this week has been battered by snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures. Utility companies implemented a rotating blackout following an increase in electricity demand.