Zoo Miami’s Franny the goat euthanized
Visitors to Zoo Miami may have met Franny the goat. For eight years, the domestic Saanen goat was part of the zoological park’s “Critter Connection,” where people could interact with animals.
On Thursday, zoo officials euthanized what they described as “the most beloved goat to ever be part of our family.”
“As Fanny grew older, she faced many of the challenges commonly experienced in one’s ‘golden years,’ ” zoo spokesman Ron Magill said of the 16-year-old goat. “The most debilitating issue was severe arthritis that was significantly affecting Fanny’s quality of life.”
The arthritis affected the goat’s ability to stand up and move around, Magill said.
“After a great deal of evaluation and discussion, the profoundly difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize Franny,” he said. “She transitioned peacefully surrounded by those who loved her.”
Born at the Minnesota Zoo on April 2, 2003, the Franny arrived at Zoo Miami in 2010.