Mahal the orangutan died from a tapeworm infection

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Mahal (right)

MILWAUKEE CO. (WITI) — The Milwaukee County Zoo confirms the orangutan youngster who died unexpectedly in December 2012 died from a tapeworm infection.

Zookeepers originally believed Mahal died from pneumonia as orangutans are susceptible to this serious respiratory condition, just as humans.

Mahal was 5 years old.