Kansas City Zoo paid tribute to the late animals in a heartfelt Instagram post

By Eric Todisco
July 15, 2020 01:15 PM
Dixie and Radi
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The Kansas City Zoo is mourning the loss of two "beloved" residents.

Dixie, a 2½-year-old Masai giraffe, and Radi, a 37-year-old gorilla and patriarch of his troop, have died, the zoo confirmed on Instagram.

According to the zoo, Dixie was found dead "unexpectedly" by her animal care team on July 11 while inside the giraffe herd’s outdoor habitat in the Africa Plains exhibit.

"A necropsy has been performed, but the full results from testing could take up to six weeks or more," the zoo said, adding that "preliminary results show that her death likely stemmed from rumenitis, inflammation in her stomach."

Born at the zoo in February 2018 to mom Lizzie, Dixie "immediately won the hearts of many with her fluffy ossicones."

"Her caregivers say Dixie was special and loved to be the center of attention," the zoo added.

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Meanwhile, Radi, whom the zoo said was one of their most recognizable animals, died on Monday.

"Radi began to exhibit symptoms of a serious illness that caused him to lose weight," the zoo said. "After extensive testing and treatment, it was determined that he had Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease."

Although zoo staff "worked tirelessly" to treat Radi, his condition continued to deteriorate. On Monday, the zoo made the "difficult decision" to humanely euthanize him.

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Radi led a group of three adult females at the zoo, including his only offspring: five-year-old daughter Masika. He had been residing in the West Africa section of the zoo since its opening in 1995.

"Radi was a kind father and an amazing leader," the zoo said.

Kansas City Zoo concluded its heartfelt tribute to Dixie and Radio by noting that "both of these animals received the highest quality husbandry and veterinary care, as do all that call the Zoo home."

"They were well-loved members of the KCZoo family," the zoo added, "and will be greatly missed."