Zoo Knoxville’s Jumbe the giraffe dies at 19

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At 19 years outdated, Jumbe was one of many oldest giraffes within the U.S., based on a launch from the zoo. Final 12 months, he started exhibiting indicators of ache with motion.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Zoo Knoxville is mourning the loss of life of Jumbe, one of many oldest giraffes within the nation.

On Thursday, the zoo stated it humanely euthanized Jumbe. The zoo stated final week it positioned the giraffe in hospice care as a result of he was having rising issue with mobility and ache as a consequence of arthritis in his superior age.

“His ache was now not being successfully managed with most dosages of treatment and the choice was made to euthanize him so he wouldn’t endure extended struggling,” the zoo stated.

The zoo stated it determined to transition him to hospice care when he started having issue mendacity right down to relaxation at night time. The care group stated they made him as comfy as attainable and carefully monitored his high quality of life.

“Jumbe was a delicate large who was beloved,” stated Phil Colclough, director of animal care, conservation, and training. “Whereas making compassionate selections are a part of our job, they’re nonetheless tough and include numerous disappointment. We all know our neighborhood is grieving with us and the outpouring of tales and images of Jumbe and what he meant to so many are each touching and comforting.”

Jumbe was 19, making him one of many oldest giraffes within the nation. He sired two youngsters with Frances — Bea, who was born in 2018, and J.J., who was born in 2020 and nonetheless resides at Zoo Knoxville. The zoo stated will probably be an adjustment time for Jumbe’s household, saying will probably be carefully monitoring the giraffes and offering additional enrichment for them.

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