Everyone’s feeling a little sad today, and it’s not just because it’s Monday.
The Maryland Zoo had a death in their family, 1-month old Julius the baby giraffe died this weekend.
Don Hutchinson, the president and CEO of the Zoo, said “it’s hard to put our emotions into words right now.”
I feel your pain sir.
Julius the baby giraffe was born on June 15, 2017, and was the first male baby giraffe in 20 years. Julius has been a critical patient at the zoo since birth; veterinarians have bottle-fed Julius supplements and he had received two transfusions of giraffe plasma, but nothing works.
Zoo representative informed the world on Friday that Julius’ health had gotten worse as he held onto life through tube feeding.
“His condition took a sharp turn downward overnight, and we had to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him,” said Dr. Samantha Sander, associate veterinarian at the Zoo.
A necropsy is scheduled to determine how Julius’ health deficit began.
The zoo has been very thankful for all the thoughts and prayers sent to them during this very difficult time. Julius, you will be missed.