Marwell Zoo close to Winchester declares demise of giraffe after sudden collapse


The giraffe named Irsula collapsed and died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 16.

That is the second giraffe  the zoo has misplaced not too long ago, with Marwell saying the demise of Matilda, the zoo’s oldest Rothschild Giraffe, in June.

READ MORE: Marwell Zoo declares demise of first giraffe born there

Irsula arrived at Marwell in 2011 from Woburn Safari Park (UK) and was amongst 4 feminine giraffes dwelling on the zoo.

A Fb submit, printed round noon by Marwell Wildlife stated: “We’re deeply saddened to announce the demise of certainly one of our giraffes.

“Our keepers and vet crew are working collectively to ascertain extra particulars after Irsula collapsed all of the sudden earlier in the present day.

“Thanks to all our friends to your assist and understanding at the moment. We are going to preserve you up to date with extra info.”

A spokesperson for the zoo stated: “Sadly, because the incident solely occurred in the present day and is ongoing, we’re unable to remark additional at the moment. As soon as we all know extra we can be trying to put out an official assertion.”

The second consecutive giraffe demise sparked concern among the many public on Fb.

In response to a touch upon the submit, Marwell Wildlife stated: “Thanks to your concern and type phrases. Our vet crew and animal keepers are working collectively to ascertain extra particulars at the moment and we’ll preserve friends up to date with extra info.

“With regard to Matilda, following the onset of signs regarded as age-related, our veterinarians and animal groups made the tough determination to forestall additional struggling and euthanase her. Giraffes can reside for between 20 and 25 years in captivity, so at 25 her age is a testomony to the superb care and a spotlight she acquired from her keepers.”

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The social media submit on Irsula’s demise has acquired over 300 feedback of condolences.

The native zoo, in Thompsons Lane, has at all times homed giraffes since its been open to the general public. Marwell welcomed its first giraffe in October 1971.

Following the most recent loss, Marwell is now house to simply three giraffes, Maked, Christa and Ruby, who had been all born at the Winchester Zoo.


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