Zoo News: Young Giraffe Dies From Neck Caught in Gate

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It is always a tragic event when an innocent animal dies unexpectedly and especially one which is young with a bright future. The article below is heartbreaking.

A young giraffe at Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York, has died after an “unforeseen and unprecedented” incident. Zoo officials said on Monday that the 6-year-old animal named Parker was found with his neck stuck in a support structure for its enclosure gate.

The zoo said that Parker, a member of the endangered Masai giraffe species, was found on Sunday “unresponsive, caught in a support structure for the giraffe enclosure gate.” Veterinary staff was immediately summoned, the zoo said, but to no avail.

Parker, born at the Santa Barbara Zoo in August 2016, was introduced to the zoo in 2018 and was “known for his curiosity and playfulness,” the zoo said in a statement. He had two female companions – Kipenzi and Iggy – and was the father to a giraffe named Olmsted that is less than a year old. Those three are now the only remaining Masai giraffes at the zoo.

You can read the rest of the story here. By Li Cohen (CBS New York)

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