Zoo Mi­ami’s Franny the goat eu­th­a­nized

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Johnny Diaz

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.

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