Baby gi­raffe dies at zoo in Bal­ti­more

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Peter Her­mann

Julius, the month-old gi­raffe born at the Mary­land Zoo in Bal­ti­more, was eu­th­a­nized Satur­day af­ter a pro­longed ill­ness and in­tense ef­forts to re­store his health, the zoo an­nounced.

The death came hours af­ter the zoo said Julius’s con­di­tion had de­te­ri­o­rated Thurs­day night into Fri­day and that his chances of sur­vival were slim. The six-foot­tall calf had been re­ceiv­ing a “life­sup­port­ing so­lu­tion” in­tra­venously.

In a state­ment, zoo pres­i­dent Don Hutchin­son said the “ve­teri­nary staff and our an­i­mal care team put their lives on hold to try and nurse Julius back to health, and ev­ery av­enue was ex­plored. Sadly, he was un­able to sur­vive in spite of their her­culean ef­forts.” The zoo said Julius “had a very chal­leng­ing start to life,” with dif­fi­cul­ties nurs­ing.

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