Supply: Santa Barbara Zoo
We’re deeply saddened to share that Audrey, the Zoo’s 14-year-old feminine Masai giraffe, misplaced her calf late final evening throughout childbirth.
Audrey went into labor round 5:15 PM on July 27 whereas outdoors within the giraffe habitat. Animal care employees jumped into motion instantly to convey her into the barn and put together for supply. She was in labor for six and a half hours with keepers and veterinary employees current who supported her all through the whole course of.
After a chronic labor, employees may see that the calf was not transferring, and it grew to become clear that it was stillborn. Audrey was given time together with her calf after which walked away of her personal accord. She was capable of see the remainder of the herd inside an hour and began consuming and consuming round that point as properly, an amazing signal of her continued well being.
Our complete Zoo group will undoubtedly be heartbroken by this information. Sadly, there are dangers with any beginning and there’s all the time the potential of a adverse consequence. On this case, there was nothing that might have been finished to avoid wasting the calf. In truth, making an attempt to intervene within the beginning of such a big animal would pose a good larger danger to Audrey.
Audrey might be again out within the habitat later in the present day since it will be important for her to stay social and energetic. Whereas our Zoo household is understandably unhappy, it’s crucial that her caretakers shift shortly into caring for Audrey going ahead.
A particular thanks to the keepers and veterinary employees who have been with Audrey late into the evening. They’ve given extraordinary care all through Audrey’s being pregnant and final evening’s heartbreaking occasions have been no completely different. As all the time, our employees will proceed to assist one another and our animals via this troublesome time.