GPZ giraffe euthanized because of leg problems

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A protracted-time resident of the Gladys Porter Zoo was humanely euthanized Tuesday after zoo veterinarians decided that problems from a earlier leg surgical procedure have been impacting his high quality of life.

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The Gladys Porter Zoo’s notorious herd of reticulated giraffes now has one much less member. Lalo, a 12-year-old male reticulated giraffe, was euthanized on January 25, 2022, following problems from a surgical procedure he had when he was 11 months outdated.

Simply earlier than Lalo turned one yr outdated, he sustained a fracture to his hind leg, in response to a zoo press launch. Whereas the fracture was repaired, zoo veterinarians feared that the fracture would affect his leg’s progress sooner or later.

“Anesthesia and surgical procedure in giraffe are essentially the most difficult issues for a zoo veterinarian. A 3-legged giraffe would by no means survive within the wild. In doing the surgical procedure, we pushed fashionable animal medication and zoo biology to its absolute restrict,” stated Dr. Tom deMaar.

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The zoo celebrated 12 years with Lalo, far surpassing the expectations.

Reticulated giraffes are one among 4 species that reside within the wild, in response to the Giraffe Conservation Basis. Reticulated giraffes reside in northern and northeastern Kenya, in addition to the southern a part of Ethiopia and Somalia, and have been listed as ‘endangered’ since 2018. The common lifespan of a reticulated giraffe within the wild is 25 years.

Zoo workers rigorously monitoring Lalo anticipated a decline in his well being over the following six months that will worsen as time went on. Whereas he was being handled with joint dietary supplements and ache treatment, Lalo’s keepers decided that his high quality of life was already struggling and made the choice to euthanize him.

“Every single day he was alive was a miracle. We needed his final day to be a great one,” stated Deputy Director Colette Adams.

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