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Reid Park Zoo euthanizes oldest giraffe resulting from well being points


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD Information 13) – Reid Park Zoo euthanized its oldest giraffe on Thursday, Sept., 23, resulting from well being points.

The zoo mentioned 32-year-old Denver had a “declining high quality of life, associated to well being issues widespread in geriatric animals.”

Denver, the oldest giraffe ever at Reid Park Zoo, far exceeded her species’ median life expectancy of 20 years.

“Shedding Denver is far larger than her herd saying goodbye,” mentioned Dr. Sue Tygielski, Reid Park Zoo director of zoo operations. “Our three remaining giraffes will miss her, however her passing is profoundly unhappy for all of her human followers as properly.

“She touched so many employees over time as a delicate and curious giraffe. Denver was at all times the primary giraffe in line to work together along with her care workforce and to spy on no matter her zookeepers had been doing. She related with our visitors yr after yr in giraffe feeding encounters. Some youngsters grew up feeding her on each journey to the zoo. She might be tremendously missed by all.”

The zoo mentioned whereas Denver has been wholesome all through her life, she had misplaced a whole lot of muscle mass, was consuming much less and wasn’t transferring as properly over the past month.

“Regardless of profitable long-term remedies and therapies, it grew to become clear these situations may now not be medically managed and the choice to proceed with humane euthanasia was in Denver’s finest curiosity,” mentioned Dr. Alexis Roth, the zoo’s chief veterinarian.

The zoo mentioned after Denver was euthanized, her herd mates 10-year-old Jasiri, 3-year-old Penelope and 2-year-old Sota had the chance to see her and to say goodbye.

Workers will control the herd to make sure “all three are properly because the herd dynamics shift with the lack of Denver.”

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