A gorilla has died at a zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope.
Five-year-old Tatu was found dead with the rope around his neck in a sleeping room, according to officials at Prague Zoo.
Another gorilla appeared to be trying to help the stricken animal when staff arrived at the scene.
Spokesman Michal Stastny said all attempts to revive the animal failed. There were no cameras in the room and it was not clear exactly what happened.
But it is believed Tatu unbraided one of the dozens of ropes the gorillas use in their pavilion for climbing and put a strand around his neck before tragically hanging himself.
Mammals curator Pavel Brandl said: 'It was an accident.' The ropes are checked daily, he added.
He revealed that another gorilla, Kamba, was by Tatu's side and was apparently trying to help the animal - but 'it's hard to say what exactly she was doing.'
Director Miroslav Bobek said the death was the most tragic event at the zoo since flooding in 2002 killed more than 100 animals.
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