David (georgiarepublic) wrote in wtf_nature,

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Gemina the 'Crooked-Necked Giraffe' Dies

Yes, more giraffes.
I remember this being discussed on here a ways back, so I thought I would post this here.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Gemina, a giraffe with a distinctive crooked neck and one of the most beloved animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo, has died. She was 21. The zoo euthanized the animal on Wednesday, it was announced Thursday.

"We observed a decline in her appetite over the past two weeks and she had stopped eating all together," said Alan Varsik, the zoo's director of animal programs and conservation.

"Her declining condition appeared to affect her quality of life. We did everything we could but the time came when we had to make the humane decision," he said in a statement.

Her illness was not believed related to her neck condition, although results of a necropsy will not be available for several weeks, the zoo said.


Source here.
Tags: deformity, giraffe

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