PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 28-year-old giraffe, one of many longest recognized to reside in captivity within the U.S., died on Wednesday in Windfall, Rhode Island.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo stated the feminine Masai giraffe, Sukari, had age-related illnesses together with arthritis. The husbandry, animal care and veterinary groups determined to euthanize her after figuring out that they had been not protecting her comfy, the Windfall Journal reported.
“Along with exploring therapeutic choices, we additionally made behavioral and environmental modifications, however she didn’t reply as we had hoped. Sukari reached an age that’s uncommon within the giraffe world, and we’re glad that she was in a position to spend her senior years right here contentedly till now,” stated Jessica Lovstad, a scientific veterinarian on the zoo, in an announcement.
The zoo stated she was one of many oldest Masai giraffes within the nation and that females of the species in captivity sometimes reside 20 years.
Sukari was born on the Los Angeles Zoo on Feb. 27, 1993 and got here to the zoo in Windfall when she was 9 months previous. She gave delivery to Jaffa, a male giraffe who stays on the zoo.
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