Mother gi­raffe dies at Mary­land Zoo

The Washington Post - - METRO -

For the sec­ond time this year, a gi­raffe has died at the Mary­land Zoo in Bal­ti­more.

Juma, a 5-year-old mother gi­raffe, died Tues­day night from an un­known ill­ness, of­fi­cials said. She leaves be­hind a 9month-old calf named Wil­low.

Of­fi­cials with the zoo said Juma had been “un­der in­tense care” af­ter she de­vel­oped se­vere gas­troin­testi­nal prob­lems ear­lier this year.

Even with treat­ment, she kept hav­ing is­sues.

“We are dev­as­tated that de­spite th­ese ef­forts we were not able to turn her around,” Ellen Bron­son, direc­tor of an­i­mal health, said in a state­ment.

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