Ma­sai gi­raffe dies in Providence zoo

Woonsocket Call - - Region | Obituaries -

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A Rhode Is­land zoo says the old­est Ma­sai gi­raffe in cap­tiv­ity in North Amer­ica has died.

Roger Wil­liams Park Zoo in Providence says the 26-yearold gi­raffe was named Am­ber and died Tues­day morn­ing.

Am­ber had lost her sight due to cataracts over the past year. She had re­cently be­come un­able to ma­neu­ver prop­erly in her ex­hibit, lead­ing to the zoo staff's de­ci­sion to eu­th­a­nize her.

The gi­raffe was born in Cleve­land in 1991. She went to the Roger Wil­liams zoo in 1992.

Zoo spokes­woman Diane Na­habe­dian says the me­dian life ex­pectancy for a gi­raffe in cap­tiv­ity is about 17 years.

Ma­sai gi­raffes are na­tive to east­ern Africa and can grow up to 17 feet tall and weigh 1,700 pounds. The spokes­woman says three other Ma­sai gi­raffes re­main at the zoo.

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