Zoo Knoxville giraffe euthanized as a result of declining well being

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Zoo Knoxville officers introduced Thursday {that a} beloved giraffe that was one of many oldest within the U.S. was euthanized Thursday as a result of its deteriorating well being.

Male giraffe “Jumbe” was 19 years previous and had been battling mobility due to ache and irritation brought on by arthritis.

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“His ache was not being successfully managed with most dosages of remedy and the choice was made to euthanize him so he wouldn’t endure extended struggling,” Zoo Knoxville Director of Advertising and Communications Tina Rolen.

The zoo had introduced earlier this month that Jumbe had been positioned beneath hospice care. In accordance with a launch, his care staff decided there have been no additional therapy choices and his high quality of life had reached a turning level.

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Jumbe arrived at Zoo Knoxville in 2011 as a part of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan, a collaborative effort of zoos accredited by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums. Jumbe sired two offspring with Frances, a feminine named Bea in 2019 and a male named J.J. in 2020.


Jumbe at Zoo Knoxville after he was positioned beneath hospice care

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“Jumbe was a mild large who was beloved,” stated Phil Colclough, director of animal care, conservation, and schooling.  “Whereas making compassionate choices are a part of our job, they’re nonetheless troublesome and include a number of disappointment.  We all know our group is grieving with us and the outpouring of tales and photographs of Jumbe and what he meant to so many are each touching and comforting.”

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