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US Beloved giraffe dies at Cincinnati Zoo

21:15  17 november  2019
21:15  17 november  2019 Source:   wlwt.com

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CINCINNATI , OH (November 22, 2010) – Akilah, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s beloved , three-year-old female Massai Giraffe , passed away suddenly Saturday evening, November 20. Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo are still mourning her tragic loss today.

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The Cincinnati Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its male giraffes.

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The zoo announced that Kimba died early Sunday morning after a procedure last week to fix his hooves. Officials said the procedure was successful, but there were complications following the procedure.

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The Zoo Volunteer Observer team has been monitoring the giraffe barn for weeks, watching a pregnant female for signs of labor, and called vets when members saw Kimba fall to the ground a little after 1 a.m., officials said.

“The giraffe team is devastated. He had been dealing with pain related to chronic lameness since last summer, and we were looking forward to him feeling better after he had a successful procedure last week to fix his hooves,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of mammals Christina Gorsuch. “Unfortunately, there were complications following the procedure. We’ll know more after the vets complete a necropsy.”

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Hodari, an 11-year-old, 18-foot tall giraffe died from complications during a dental procedure.

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Twelve-year-old Kimba sired six calves, and his seventh is on the way. He came to Cincinnati in 2008 from the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. One of his calves, 3-year-old Cora, lives there now.

In 2018, giraffes were listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Giraffe populations are suffering from habitat loss, trophy hunting, illegal poaching and war-stricken habitats.

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