12-Year-Old Giraffe at Los Angeles Zoo Dies After Giving Birth to Stillborn Calf: A 'Painful Loss'
A Masai giraffe at the Los Angeles Zoo is dead after giving birth to a stillborn calf.
The 12-year-old mammal had initially recovered from the anesthesia and was doing well, even standing up and eating, but her condition "remained serious," zoo officials said.
According to the zoo, animal caretakers "worked tirelessly and heroically for a positive outcome," but Hasina "unfortunately did not survive."
The calf would have been Hasina's sixth offspring.
"Having come to us from the San Diego Zoo in 2010, Hasina was a glorious and beloved ambassador for her species and she was instrumental in adding to the sustainable population of endangered Masai giraffes in human care," the zoo said in a statement. "Our entire Zoo family is mourning this painful loss."
Dr. Dominique Keller, the zoo's chief veterinarian and director of animal health and wellness, told KTLA that Hasina was a "healthy giraffe in her prime," but the length of time she was under anesthesia and the position of the breech calf complicated the procedure.
"Following the procedure, Hasina was standing on her own, which is a positive sign, but in the end she may have been too weak from the experience," Keller said.
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Officials have not released Hasina's cause of death.
Masai giraffes can grow up to 17 feet tall, weigh 2,700 pounds and live up to 25 years, according to the L.A. Zoo's website.
The subspecies are currently listed as endangered by the ICUN Red List. Their numbers in the wild have dropped due to habitat loss, illegal hunting and disease.