Beloved Hogle Zoo giraffe passes away

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Utah Hogle Zoo Group is mourning the lack of considered one of their reticulated giraffes Friday.

Riley, an 18-year-old senior member of the Hogle Zoo Group, is being remembered for his towering persona. Zoo Officers name him probably the most gregarious member of the herd.

Employees members say for the previous couple of months, they observed age-related challenges with Riley’s mobility. Riley was being saved underneath statement and underneath veterinary therapy for arthritis.

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When Zoo employees entered the giraffe barn on Dec. 23, they discovered him unable to face on his personal. Standing at 17 toes tall, and weighing in at 2,000 kilos, it was a problem for zoo employees to get him on his toes.

“Alongside zoo employees and emergency personnel, the Salt Lake Metropolis Hearth Division and Wagstaff Crane Service had been on scene to help with an all-day tireless try to hoist the animal to get him to his toes,” a press launch says.

Regardless of the trouble, Riley was unable to face on his personal. As his situation worsened, Riley handed later within the day on Dec 23.

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“Hogle Zoo employees, and our companions who confirmed up instantly to help with this giraffe emergency, did every part attainable to assist Riley however his situation was too superior, mentioned Dr. Erika Criminal, Director of Animal Well being. “We had great assist from different AZA colleagues who’ve skilled comparable eventualities.” 

Riley arrived at Hogle Zoo in June 2004, and since then sired six giraffe calves. Presently, the zoo is residence to 2 different reticulated giraffes, Minka a four-year-old feminine and Stephanie a three-year-old feminine.

Based on the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums Giraffe cooperatively managed Species Survival Plan, the typical lifespan for a male reticulated giraffe is 14.7 years and in response to Affiliate Director of Animal Care, Bob Cisneros, “Riley was actually a large; unquestionably, the primary animal to face out amongst others as company first enter the zoo. He touched the hearts of many as a tall and dignified ambassador particularly throughout our giraffe feeds.” 

Officers are nonetheless investigating the precise reason for Riley’s dying.

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