GREAT BEND, Kansas – The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo announced Monday that 50-year-old “Spidey”, the world’s second oldest spider monkey passed away after he was found non-responsive with a low heartrate.
“We are devastated. At 10 years past his life expectancy we knew this day would come but it still doesn’t prepare you for how your heart will break when the day arrives. Spicey had such a great personality and he will be leaving behind a huge hole in all our hearts,” said Zookeeper Sara Hamlin.
Spider monkeys are only expected to live around 20 years. Due to veterinary care, captive monkeys can live to around 40 years old.
Spidey moved to Great Bend in 1965 when he was just 6 months old. He was a fan favorite at the zoo and celebrated his 50th birthday with a party in January of 2015.