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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

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