Mary­land Zoo: Baby gi­raffe has died

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

The Mary­land Zoo says a young gi­raffe that has been strug­gling since birth has died. Zoo CEO Don Hutchin­son said Satur­day that ve­teri­nary staff and an an­i­mal care team put their lives on hold and ex­plored ev­ery av­enue to try to nurse Julius back to health.

Julius was born to first-time mother Kesi on June 15, but he was not able to learn to nurse ef­fec­tively and had in­suf­fi­cient an­ti­bod­ies to pro­tect him from dis­ease. To boost his im­mune sys­tem, he was given two trans­fu­sions of gi­raffe plasma, one from the Colum­bus Zoo in Ohio and an­other from the Cheyenne Moun­tain Zoo in Colorado. Dr Saman­tha Sander, an as­so­ciate vet­eri­nar­ian at the zoo, says his con­di­tion took a sharp turn down­ward overnight, prompt­ing a de­ci­sion to eu­th­a­nize the calf.—AP

BAL­TI­MORE: This file photo pro­vided by The Mary­land Zoo shows a baby gi­raffe, Julius, and his mother, Kesi, at the zoo in Bal­ti­more.—AP

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