Gi­raffe dies at China zoo af­ter get­ting stuck in dead tree

Global Times - - Mosaic -

A gi­raffe’s death at a South­west China zoo fol­low­ing a lengthy res­cue ef­fort has since prompted ac­cu­sa­tions on­line of neg­li­gence.

Kun­ming Zoo’s 10-year-old gi­raffe, Hairong, was scratch­ing his neck against a tree Mon­day af­ter­noon when it be­came trag­i­cally wedged be­tween the branches, lo­cal me­dia Yun­ re­ported.

Hairong be­gan to panic and then lost his foot­ing, caus­ing him to hang down­ward.

Vet­eri­nar­i­ans at­tended to the gi­raffe as em­ploy­ees took up chain­saws to cut the branches in what was a five-hour or­deal, Kankan News re­ported.

Hairong was pro­nounced dead around 6 pm. Lo­cal me­dia out­let Yun­ re­ported a bro­ken neck and in­suf­fi­cient blood flow to the brain as the cause of death.

Wang An, a ve­teri­nar­ian at the zoo, said it was his pan­icked re­ac­tion that ul­ti­mately led to Hairong’s demise.

“An au­topsy has shown that the gi­raffe died be­cause of its re­ac­tion, not as­phyx­i­a­tion,” said Wang.

The tree had died years ago and steps were never taken to deal with it, he added.

Hairong had lived at the zoo for five years, where em­ploy­ees re­mem­ber him as “exuberant.”

The zoo’s ex­pla­na­tion, how­ever, did lit­tle to ap­pease Sina Weibo users, with many ac­cus­ing the zoo of botch­ing the res­cue.

“The zoo is not pro­fes­sional in the least,” com­mented “puti­fa­hai.” “Why didn’t they prop up the gi­raffe be­fore cut­ting the branches? That fa­tal fall could have been avoided.”

“It was gross mis­con­duct,” com­mented Weibo user “shun­shun­whsp.”

Photo: IC

Hairong the gi­raffe lies dead at Kun­ming Zoo in South­west China’s Yun­nan Prov­ince from se­ri­ous in­juries suf­fered Sun­day af­ter his neck be­came stuck be­tween two tree branches in his habi­tat.

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