The Buffalo Zoo on Monday said that one of its animals – Agnes, the giraffe – is critically ill and is now receiving end-of-life care.
Christian Dobosiewicz, communications manager for the zoo, said the 24-year-old giraffe suffers from advanced arthritis and other health issues that have not been responding to treatment, prompting the tough decision to proceed with end-of-life care aimed at ensuring the comfort of the animal during what zoo officials anticipate are her final days.
“Agnes has lived a long life and will leave an even longer legacy,” said Norah Fletchall, Buffalo Zoo president and chief executive officer, in a statement posted on the zoo’s website.
Agnes was born at the Buffalo Zoo on Aug. 8, 1994, and has been a resident at the zoo her entire life.
– Harold McNeil