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At 52 years old duchess is older -- the zoo itself she's entertained generations of arizonans.
It's been tough.
This probably the toughest part of my.
Tree and -- -- foods that she likes she didn't want to accept she's somebody that would never turn down a tree.
-- -- attend who's usually very playful and active had quickly slow down.
Obviously we rely on a lot of observation and we rely on our experience.
But there's a lot of gut instinct that goes with this job as well and we both knew that there was something that was pretty serious which is why we brought events and as quickly as we did.
The Iran -- at the Phoenix zoo are always a big draw these two are -- is 33 year old daughter and six year old granddaughter.
She's -- at the zoo since the beginning.
This is a picture of -- with the family she lived with before the zoo opened in 1962.
News of her illness spread quickly.
I've heard from a lot of my colleagues from -- literally all over the country and quite frankly all over the world.
Giving us their support.
At 52 duchess -- -- summit for children and his live longer than most are -- -- in captivity.
And we are trying some some treatments.
Things that we can give her.
On the we're not real optimistic that it's going to prolong things for her.
Like anyone who's sick duchess has good days and bad ones are caretakers are letting the other rang -- -- including her family.
Spend time with her in her room.
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