Giraffe calf receiving veterinary care

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County Govt Adam Bello and Seneca Park Zoo introduced on Wednesday that the Masai giraffe calf born earlier this week is a male and is receiving veterinary take care of a leg tendon challenge and umbilical hernia.

With the help of animal care employees, Zoo Veterinarian Chris McKinney positioned a splint on the calf’s leg attributable to laxity within the tendons of his left entrance fetlock, inflicting the joint to bend outward and ahead. Based on Dr. McKinney, the joint ought to achieve energy over the subsequent few days so the splint might be eliminated.

It’s one other boy! The giraffe calf born yesterday at @SenecaParkZoo is bonding along with his mother and doing properly, however wanted to have a splint positioned on his leg attributable to some lax tendons. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/C6O4PaJflY

— Adam J. Bello (@CountyExecBello) July 13, 2022

“The laxity is one thing that he was born with, and can be seen in horses and cattle,” mentioned Dr. Chris McKinney. “We positioned a splint on the leg, which is saved in place with a bandage and retains the joint within the correct place to supply assist whereas he positive aspects extra energy within the leg.”

The giraffe calf was additionally discovered to have an umbilical hernia, which is a congenital abnormality.

“Umbilical hernias happen when the muscle of the physique wall doesn’t shut absolutely the place the umbilical twine enters the physique,” mentioned Dr. McKinney. “This isn’t painful and at the moment is inflicting him no hurt however can worsen as he grows. As soon as he has had extra time to nurse and bond with mother, we’ll plan to surgically shut the hernia to make sure he continues to be wholesome. Regardless of the leg challenge and hernia, the calf is in any other case wholesome,” mentioned County Govt Adam Bello. “He’s nursing and has built-in properly with the remainder of the giraffe herd. However, we do know that child giraffes have excessive mortality charges and the primary few days and weeks are essential to the success of the delivery. Zoo employees will proceed monitoring child and mother 24/7 to be careful for any unexpected challenges.”

The Seneca Zoo’s Animals of the Savanna will stay closed previous the rhino overlook till at the least Friday in order that the giraffes are usually not disturbed. Tram service is quickly suspended, as giraffes are feeding.

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