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Racine Zoo's beloved blue-eyed black lemur Pfeiffer dies

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 19:24:54-04

RACINE -- Pfeiffer, the Racine Zoo's popular blue-eyed black lemur, has died, zoo officials tell TODAY'S TMJ4.

The lemur passed away after a battle with irrevocable kidney disease. She was 23 years old.

"The loss of any animal is truly saddening," said Beth Heidorn, Racine Zoo's executive director. "It's not easy to say farewell to such a wonderful and much-loved animal."

A release from the zoo says staff word hard to provide Pfeiffer with comfort and security during her last days. She was the fourth-oldest blue-eyed black lemur in the Species Survival Program and was considered a "senior citizen" of her kind, according to the zoo.

"Knowing that she is no longer in any pain is a great comfort for the zoo family," Heidorn said.