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Baby giraffe dies at Maryland zoo

15 Juillet 2017

The calf had been struggling since he was born June 15 at The Maryland Zoo.

The Maryland Zoo has announced the death of baby giraffe Julius, who has been fighting for his life since birth.

Zoo CEO Don Hutchinson said Saturday that veterinary staff and an animal care team put their lives on hold and explored every avenue to try to nurse Julius back to health.

Julius was born June 15, 2017 to first-time mother Kesi, but representatives say he was never able to nurse properly. Julius also got two transfusions of giraffe plasma from other zoos.

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Dr. Samantha Sander, an associate veterinarian at the zoo, says his condition took a sharp turn downward overnight, prompting a decision to euthanize the calf.

Even with medical interventions, Julius remained a critical patient. "This is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, but we rest assured that we did everything we possibly could medically to prevent him from any distress".

Julius was the first-born of his mother, Kesi. We are incredibly grateful to each and every one, including the exceptional assistance of the staff and giraffe herds at The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Mourners can post messages about Julius on Maryland Zoo's website.

Baby giraffe dies at Maryland zoo