World’s oldest giraffe dies aged 31 at Australian zoo

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The world’s oldest giraffe has died at an Australian zoo aged 31.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales introduced the devastating information on Friday simply weeks after Mutangi had turned 31.

The nice-grandmum was the primary giraffe calf to be born on the zoo in 1990.

Since then she has given start to 14 calves and has a complete of 61 descendants.

Two of Mutangi’s daughters nonetheless stay along with her at Taronga zoo whereas her different calves had been despatched to different enclosures round Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier than she handed away, keeper Bobby-Jo Vial described Mutangi as having “a whole lot of character”.

“She’s fairly cheeky and she or he’s all the time up for a problem.”

Taronga Zoo posted a tribute to Mutangi on their web site saying she “impressed 1000’s of friends via giraffe encounters in addition to quite a few dignitaries and VIPs who visited the zoo”.

The zoo added that mutangi leaves behind an “superb legacy”.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales announced the devastating news on Friday just weeks after Mutangi had turned 31.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales introduced the devastating information on Friday simply weeks after Mutangi had turned 31.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo

In June, on World Giraffe Day, keeper Bobby-Jo stated it was “a privilege” to work with Mutangi and that she was her favorite to be with.

“We’ve got a very good relationship,” she stated.

“It’s a transactional relationship, so it’s based mostly on meals, however belief as effectively.

“Being a herd animal it takes a very long time to earn a giraffe’s belief.”

The life expectancy for giraffe’s within the wild is roughly 25 years however may be increased for animals in captivity.

Mutangi had given start to 14 calves and has a complete of 61 descendants.Taronga Western Plains Zoo

In November, Jimmie the giraffe handed away at a US zoo in Maryland aged 26.

Jimmie was “humanely euthanized” on the Plumpton Park Zoo after experiencing “fixed discomfort” in his leg and hoof.

“Sadly, his hoof and leg circumstances had progressed to the place he was experiencing fixed discomfort,” the zoo stated in a press launch.

“In the previous few months, the zoo has consulted 5 completely different veterinarians, together with among the main zoo veterinarians throughout the USA, Africa, and Canada,” the zoo added.

“The entire veterinarians had reached the identical conclusion, that it was time to euthanize Jimmie and finish the development of his rising discomfort.”  

This text initially appeared on The Solar and was reproduced right here with permission.

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