Baby giraffe dies at zoo in Baltimore
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.