July thirteenth, 2022
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Monroe County Govt Adam Bello and Seneca Park Zoo in the present day introduced that the Masai giraffe calf born earlier this week is a male and is receiving veterinary take care of a leg tendon situation. With the help of animal care workers, Zoo Veterinarian Chris McKinney positioned a splint on the calf’s leg on account of laxity within the tendons of his left entrance fetlock, inflicting the joint to bend outward and ahead.
“The laxity is one thing that he was born with, and can also 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 offer assist whereas he positive aspects extra energy within the leg.”
In response to Dr. McKinney, the joint ought to achieve energy over the following few days so the splint may be eliminated. 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 wire 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 are going to plan to surgically shut the hernia to make sure he continues to be wholesome.”
“Regardless of the leg situation and hernia, the calf is in any other case wholesome,” mentioned County Govt Adam Bello. “He’s nursing and has built-in effectively 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 beginning. Zoo workers will proceed monitoring child and mother 24/7 to be careful for any unexpected challenges.”
The Zoo’s Animals of the Savanna will stay closed previous the rhino overlook till at the least Friday, in order that the giraffes will not be disturbed. Tram service is quickly suspended, as are giraffe feedings.